UPDATE | Hamilton Police reopen area near Centre Mall following suspicious package

Hamilton Police have cleared the scene of a reported suspicious package near Centre Mall.

Around 9am, police responded to the parking lot area of 1187 Barton Street East.

A member of the public had found the package and thought it seemed suspicious.

Local businesses were evacuated and Barton Street between Ottawa Street North and Kenilworth Avenue North was closed as a safety precaution during the investigation.

After a thorough investigation, the package was deemed safe and the area has returned to regular operations.