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    Lightning repairs continue

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    BT engineers are still working on repairing damage to the telecommunications services across Shetland following last week’s ‘weather bomb’. Lightning strikes peaked at a rate of around 100 an hour resulting in an unprecedented increase in the number of faults across the network.

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    Winter festival fun

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    A HOST of local musicians will liven up the last shopping weekend before Christmas as Living Lerwick’s Winter Festival reaches its climax. On Saturday afternoon Harrison Square will see a steady flow of live music from 1pm, starting with west side drum and dance troupe Aestaewast bringing some warmth with their African and Latin flavoured sounds.

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    Isles’ only Victoria Cross soldier honoured

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    SIC convener Malcolm Bell (centre) with the Reverend Caroline Lockerbie and AHS history teacher Jon Sandison - Photo: Hans J Marter/ShetNewsA SMALL group of invited guests gathered at the war memorial at Lerwick's Hillhead on Friday morning to witness the unveiling of a commemorative paving slab in honour of Lieutenant William Bruce. Bruce, the only person in Shetland's World War One Roll of Honour to be awarded a Victoria Cross, died in the trenches in France 100 years ago to the day.

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    Hunger and poverty amid economic boom

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    David Grieve and Angela Nunn at the Salvation Army's food bank on Lerwick's North Road. Photo: Shetnews/Neil RiddellWHENEVER Angela Nunn of the Salvation Army hands out hot water bottles, blankets and duvets to some of Shetland’s most needy residents, she has mixed feelings: “They need to be able to afford to heat their home properly.” It is a deeply uncomfortable truth that, in a wealthy community with exceptionally low unemployment, demand for food parcels and other assistance exists at all.

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    Lerwick break ins spark police hunt

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    LERWICK police are looking for thieves behind a series of break ins and attempted break ins overnight on Wednesday. Damage was caused to The Red Dragon takeaway restaurant on Commercial Road, when thieves broke in and stole foodstuffs. A house on Rudda Court had its windows smashed for the second night in a week and several commercial properties in the Gremista Industrial Estate suffered attempted break ins and associated damage.

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    Government cash to refurbish airport

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    Sumburgh airport manager Nigel Flaws (left) with transport minister Derek Mackay in Sumburgh on Thursday.THE SCOTTISH government is to pump £6.5 million into refurbishing Sumbrugh airport, transport minister Derek Mackay announced during a flying visit to the isles on Thursday. The airport terminal, which has seen little work carried out since it opened in the 1970s to cope with oil industry related traffic, is to be reclad and the check in and security sections are to be revamped. Money will also be spent on upgrading the control tower and the fire station.

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    Sumburgh Airport renewal plans revealed

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    Scotland’s new islands minister has insisted he will listen to local concerns when dealing with Shetland’s transport needs following a fleeting trip to the town hall yesterday.   And the minister used his visit to announce a raft of improvements at Sumburgh Airport as part of a second phase of its major redevelopment. The changes […]

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    Isles-based Pakistani lecturer condemns horrific massacre

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    This week’s atrocity in Pakistan in which 132 schoolchildren were murdered has had repercussions worldwide, including in Shetland.

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    Supreme Court hears Viking wind farm arguments

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    THE SCOTTISH government displayed “a fundamental misunderstanding” of European laws to protect birds when it granted permission for a huge wind farm in Shetland, it was claimed in the UK’s highest court on Thursday. Five law lords sitting in the Supreme Court have been asked to decide whether Holyrood was correct to give planning consent to the 103 turbine Viking Energy wind farm in Shetland’s central mainland in April 2012. Thursday’s hearing, the third in connection with the Viking development, may set a precedent about protecting endangered birds that live outside designated special areas of conservation.

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    More ferry disruption

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    Tonight’s  southbound sailing of NorthLink ferry Hjaltland will depart at 4pm due to a poor forecast. The arrival time into Aberdeen in subject to delay. The northbound sailing of Hrossey from Aberdeen will only go to Kirkwall, and the vessel will return to Aberdeen on Friday night.

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    Supermarket theft

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    A MAN caught stealing DVDS, games and electric razors from a supermarket was fined when he appeared at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Thursday. Thirty one year old Andrew Flaws, of Grodians, Lerwick, admitted stealing £237-worth of goods from Tesco’s store in the town yesterday.

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    Cream in new cartons to wow back shoppers

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    Dairy manager Gerry Byers: 'I want to win those customers back' - Photo: Hans J Marter/ShetNewsSHETLAND Farm Dairies has reached another milestone in its attempts to win back local customers. The company's newly packaged range of single, double cream and whipping cream was delivered to local shops this week.

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    Bathroom fire in Skeld

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    A DWELLING in Wester Skeld sustained smoke damage throughout following a fire in the bathroom of the house on Thursday morning.  Fire fighters from Lerwick and Scalloway were alerted to the fire at 10.39am after the nearby Bixter station was unable to put a crew together.

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    Masters darts to return

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    Simon Whitlock, winner of the 2013 Shetland Darts Masters tournament. Photo: Kevin Jones CLICKIMIN Leisure Complex is to welcome back heavyweights from the professional darts scene for the fifth Shetland Darts Masters tournament in the spring. With the festive period in full swing, and on the eve of the Professional Darts Corporation World Championships, Shetland Recreational Trust and SDM Promotions described the announcement as an “early gift to Shetland darts fans”.

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    '7in7 for James' raises £32k

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    Six year old James Hawick, from Nesting.A SHETLANDER who scaled Ben Nevis seven times in a week has managed to raise £32,000 for the Anthony Nolan charity.

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    Council making case to replace NorthLink vessels

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    Freight boat Hamnavoe. SIC officials are making the case to government that replacement vessels would make the service cheaper to run.IT WOULD be “very difficult” for the government to get new vessels in place by the time the next north boats contract starts in April 2018, according to Shetland’s most senior transport official. Shetland Islands Council transport manager Michael Craigie told councillors on Wednesday that the size of the ships remained “one of the most significant constraints” faced on the route between Lerwick and Aberdeen. The council is determined to ensure its voice is heard in advance of the Scottish Government awarding the next contract after major discontent about the process which resulted in Serco winning the route in 2012.

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    Fetlar & Foula adventures inspire new EP tunes

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    Some shady characters feature in Maurice Henderson's striking artwork for Haltadans' debut EP.HALTADANS, a fresh-sounding traditional music collective named after an ancient stone circle in Fetlar, have unleashed their self-titled debut EP just in time for the last-minute Christmas rush. The group boasts some of Shetland’s very finest fiddling talents – Maurice Henderson, Lois Nicol and Ewen Thomson – anchored by the guitar work of Grant Nicol and bass player John Clark.

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    Three-month jail term

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    A THIRTY two year old man will spend the festive season behind bars after being jailed for 12 weeks at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday. George Cruickshank, of Nederdale, Lerwick, pleaded guilty to being found within the garage of a house at Upper Sound so that it could be “reasonably inferred” that he intended to steal on 29 November. He also admitted failing to attend a previous court appearance on 10 December without reasonable excuse.

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    ‘Great news’ for post offices

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    The Post Office Card Account, which offers an account for pensioners and benefit claimants to use at post offices, is safe for another seven years. The news has been welcomed by isles MP Alistair Carmichael, who said it would protect a key service for vulnerable pensioners and benefit claimants as well as help safeguard the […]

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    Christmas behind bars for repeat offender

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    A repeat offender will be spending Christmas behind bars after he was seen hanging around someone’s house for no good reason. George Cruickshank, 32, of Nederdale, Lerwick, was sentenced to 12 weeks imprisonment when he appeared from custody on Wednesday before honorary sheriff Arnold Duncan. Unemployed Cruickshank landed in hot water when residents at a […]

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