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Appeal over German man after belongings found on path

Benjamin Ludvig Image copyright Police Scotland

Police have said they are anxious to trace a German man whose belongings were found on a clifftop path outside Aberdeen.

The items, found near Cove at about 12:20 on Monday, appear to belong to Benjamin Ludwig, a 34-year-old whose connections to the area are unknown.

The member of the public who found them also saw a man in a red waterproof jacket in the same area on Sunday.

Police said they were keen to establish if that was Mr Ludwig.

A search of the coastline was carried out by the coastguard and RNLI on Monday, but nothing was found.

Further searches are planned for Tuesday.

'Get in touch'

Insp Rob Sturton, who is leading the inquiry, said: "At this point in time we don't know much about Benjamin or why he is in the north east and have a team of officers urgently trying to piece together his movements in the lead-up to his belongings being found.

"We understand Benjamin is a German national and may have only been in the area for a few days."

Police have appealed to owners and staff of hotels, bed and breakfasts, bars and restaurants who may have encountered Mr Ludwig as a guest at their premises.

Insp Sturton added: "Extensive coastline searches have been ongoing in the area overnight involving both the coastguard and lifeboat and are due to re-commence today.

"Our specialist police search advisors will continue to work closely with HM Coastguard to co-ordinate these searches.

"Our main priority is to ensure Benjamin is safe and well and would urge anyone with information - or even Benjamin himself - to get in touch."

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