Chemist reopens after alert

The scene during the alert at Davidsons in Banchory's High Street. Picture: Jerry Cobb.
The scene during the alert at Davidsons in Banchory's High Street. Picture: Jerry Cobb.

A Banchory chemist has reopened following a chemical alert on Tuesday.

It has emerged that the incident that brought emergency services to Davidsons in High Street was triggered by the discovery of a “small amount of hazardous chemicals” found after a water leak above the shop’s dispensary.

The premises were cordoned off for around two hours late on Tuesday afternoon while investigations took place.

Fire and police units attended the scene before leaving after 6pm.

A statement issued by Davidsons today said: “We can confirm that a small amount of hazardous chemicals were discovered within our Banchory premises on the morning of Tuesday, June 14, outwith all public areas.

“Although the chemicals discovered were over 30 years old, we are unsure at present how long they have been in situ, and they were only discovered following a small water leak above our dispensary yesterday morning.

“With concern for our customers and staff the priority, we chose to close the premises until further investigations had been carried out.

“The pharmacy regulatory authority, Grampian Health Board, and the Health and Safety Executive were informed. “Despite our best efforts to get the chemicals disposed of onsite by a waste management company, we could not source anyone and we had to call in the emergency services who sent out a full hazardous materials response which is standard protocol for such incidents.

“The emergency services were content with the precautions and procedures we had followed, and advised us that there was no risk to staff and customers.”