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    ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ character jailed for six months

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    A repeat offender was imprisoned for six months at Lerwick Sheriff Court today after admitting assaults and abusive and threatening behaviour in a police car on 17th January. Owen Finbar Haughian , 32, of Hoofields, Lerwick, was given four months in custody for assaulting three people at addresses in Herrislea, Tingwall, and a further two […]

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    Jail terms for separate knife and assault crimes

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    A THIRTY three year old man who was under the influence of "legal highs" while possessing a knife in Lerwick town centre in February has been jailed for a year. George Hogg, whose address was given as Grampian Prison, admitted possessing the blade without reasonable excuse or lawful authority when he appeared from custody at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday. Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said Hogg's behaviour in a shop on the town's Commercial Street on 17 February had been "extremely suspicious" – leaving staff and members of the public very concerned.

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    Scam warning

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    TRADING Standards are warning folk in Shetland to be on their guard, as people across the islands continue to report receiving phone calls from scammers. "Lots of us have been called by someone claiming to be from Windows. "And today (Wednesday) we received a report of someone claiming to be carrying out a demographic survey for 'Shetland Council'," David Marsh,Trading Standards team leader with Shetland Islands Council said.

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    Airport talks continue

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    TALKS to prevent a 48-hour walkout by security staff at all eleven airports operated by Highlands and Islands Airport Limited (HIAL) next week are set to continue into Thursday. Representatives from the trade union Prospect met with HIAL management earlier on Wednesday. At lunchtime both parties issued a joint statement saying they were hopeful to be able to make a further announcement on Thursday.

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    Call made for funding package to help sporting competitors

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    Travel costs and other expenses faced by sports people and teams will be highlighted to the Scottish Sports Minister at Holyrood today.

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    Highways plan for Commercial Street

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    Plans are being drawn up to introduce unrestricted vehicular access to Commercial Street – heralding an end to the long-running days of pedestrianisation in Lerwick town centre. The proposals have been drafted by town planners, in conjunction with retailers and town centre organisations, following recent efforts to breathe new life into the street. It follows talks […]

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    Scoop! DNA database to tackle dog poo pests

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    THE FIGHT against dog fouling in public places is about to go high tech if Shetland Islands Council has its way. Forensic analysis techniques that are used in criminal investigations are now being used to profile DNA in dog dirt to catch people who refuse to pick up after their pets. The SIC is joining other local authorities across the UK who want to adopt the US PooPrints system that can identify any pooch from its poop.

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    New counselling service

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    THE CLAN cancer charity is to introduce a new counseling service in a partnership with the Shetland Bereavment Support Service (SBSS). One-to-one counseling appointments will be provided free of charge to those who have been bereaved or are dealing with “significant loss or change”. 

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    Anger as Turkish pupils held up at airport

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    The Turkish visitors with their peers from Latvia, Norway and Sardinia - Photo: Gordon Stove/Brae High SchoolTHE HOME Office has declined to comment after a group of Turkish students travelling to Shetland missed their flight after being held up at passport control in Aberdeen Airport last week. The seven 13 to 15 year olds and their two teachers, from the southern Turkish city of Adana, had to spend a night in Aberdeen before being able to continue their journey.

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    Scottish government should help end airports dispute – Carmichael

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    Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate, Alistair Carmichael, has called on the Scottish Government to intervene in the HIAL-Prospect dispute which could lead to strike action at several airports next week.

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    General Election candidates clash over ferry fares

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    Two of the Shetland and Orkney parliamentary candidates are at loggerheads over what the road equivalent tariff (RET) ferry fares could mean for the isles, if it were ever introduced. Liberal Democrat candidate Alistair Carmichael has described the exclusion of ferry services to Orkney and Shetland from RET as “unjustifiable”. His comments came as the […]

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    Election: SNP under fire over ferry fares

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    Opposition parties have accused the SNP of "discrimination" against the Northern Isles on ferry fares. Photo: Shetnews/Neil RiddellSNP CANDIDATE Danus Skene has defended the Scottish Government after it was accused of “discrimination” by extending the road equivalent tariff (RET) to more west coast services without taking action to cut fares in the Northern Isles. Alistair Carmichael, who has served as Orkney and Shetland's MP since 2001, renewed the Liberal Democrats’ criticism of the Holyrood administration for extending RET to services in the Firth of Clyde – where the cost of a single car ticket will be cut by 55 per cent.

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    The Youth of Today

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    Presenting The Youth of Today are (from left) Tom Jamieson, Mona Zuberi and Luke Aquilina - Photo: BBCTHE LOCAL BBC radio station is handing over the airwaves to a group of young people later this week. Sixteen-year-old Mona Zuberi, 19-year old Luke Aquilina and Tom Jamieson who is 20 will be presenting The Youth of Today at 6:07pm on Thursday.

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    Industry to fund £60m search and rescue helicopter

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    Oil and gas operators in the North Sea have committed to fund a search and rescue helicopter service which will replace an aircraft based at Sumburgh Airport. The move by Bond Offshore Helicopters to operate the new service will help ensure existing rescue and recovery standards are maintained following the decommissioning of BP’s Miller platform. That […]

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    Election: ‘Improving the way we are governed’

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    The SNP's prospective parliamentary candidate Danus Skene.In the second part of our election campaign coverage the SNP's prospective parliamentary candidate for the Orkney and Shetland seat, Danus Skene, sets out his vision for better decision-making and more democracy for the islands. SHETLAND needs a new politics. Politics is a process of decision making through which public resources are managed and allocated. And the experience of the past 40 and more years is that Shetland doesn't "do politics" very well. Money gets wasted – just how much was spent on settling conflict about investigating a fixed link to Bressay that doesn't exist?

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    Man appears on serious sexual charges

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    A 62-YEAR old man with an address on the Shetland mainland has been charged with a total of six offences including two of sexual assault of a young child. Basil Edward Beattie appeared in private at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Monday afternoon. Other charges brought under the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act relate to sexual assault as well as lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour.

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    Drama group proves less can be more

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    It is difficult to know what to expect when an amateur group takes on a well-known play, but Islesburgh Drama Group’s performance of The 39 Steps last week was quite simply a triumph. The group’s interpretation of the John Buchan classic was hilarious from beginning to end and the sell-out audience at the Garrison Theatre […]

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    Creating a unique blend

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    American West Coast band Marley’s Ghost.SHETLAND's busy music festival calendar has just got even busier with the announcement of the 1st Shetland Reel Music Festival, to be held in Unst from 14 to 16 August. The festival follows last year's successful appearance by Dolly Parton's guitarist Jim Salestrom at the Baltasound hall to mark the launch Shetland Reel Gin.

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    Visitor centre opens

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    The new Sumburgh Head lighthouse visitor centre - Photo: Shetland Amenity TrustSHETLAND's latest tourist attraction, the refurbished Sumburgh Head Lighthouse visitor centre and nature reserve, will open its doors for an extended summer season on Wednesday. To mark the occasion, the recently restored foghorn will sound its distinctive seven second blast every 90 seconds from 12 noon.

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    New talks to avert airport strikes

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    Sumburgh airport - Photo: Hans J Marter/ShetNewsNEW talks between Highlands and Islands airport operator HIAL and trade union Prospect in a bid to prevent strikes at Sumburgh Airport have been agreed. The union's national secretary Alan Denney confirmed on Monday that he would meet with HIAL management on Wednesday morning.

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