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'No terrorist link' to explosion near Loch Lomond

Officers remove items from Gartocharn blast site
Image caption Items were removed from the blast site at Garadhban Forest

Police investigating an explosion near Loch Lomond are treating the inquiry as a criminal rather than a terrorist-related matter, the BBC understands.

Several agencies, including anti-terrorist police and bomb disposal teams were involved in the operation at Garadhban Forest, near Gartocharn.

A number of items were removed from the site after reports of an explosion on 17 November.

It has since been re-opened to the public after officers were stood down.

Police were called to the scene after reports of an explosion about midday last Wednesday.

The investigation centred around a wooded area about 300 to 400 yards from Ross Priory, a 19th Century function venue owned by Strathclyde University.

Items were removed following a fingertip search of the site by specialist officers.

The operation was scaled back on Monday.

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