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    Sheriff accepts security firm’s apology

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    PRISONER escort company G4S has sincerely apologised to Lerwick Sheriff Court after facing allegations of contempt of court for delivering prisoners late for their hearings, last month. The company's head of operations Willie Galloway and company solicitor Gregor Rolfie appeared before sheriff Philip Mann on Wednesday morning. Mr Rolfie accepted that the company had been in clear breach of its contractual obligations when prisoners were late for their court hearings on 22 and 23 July.

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    Shetland’s Europeans: ‘Mixed feelings about EU’

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    Miguel Oliveira: 'the euro hasn’t really been all that beneficial for us in Portugal' - Photo: Hans J Marter/ShetNewsAS early as next summer, British citizens will vote on whether or not they wish the UK to remain a member of the European Union. So how do Europeans living in Shetland feel about the referendum and how it might affect them? Genevieve White went out to speak to two of our many European citizens. Miguel Oliveira, 28, came to Shetland from his native Portugal in April this year. "I didn't exactly choose to come to Shetland," he admits. "I'd put my name down for a hospitality sector training scheme in Portugal and I had been assigned a job in Wales.

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    Tavish not happy with BT assurances

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    ASSURANCES that BT is to carry out further work on its Wideford Hill transmitter to prevent further communication blackouts are not going far enough according to Shetland MSP Tavish Scott. On Tuesday, BT said it would carry out additional work to minimise the risk of another outage but warned that it could not guarantee a fault free infrastructure anywhere in the UK. The company's comments come after last month's blackout when a blown fuse at the Orkney transmitter resulted in a five-hour long disruption of the telecommunication network.

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    Bigton man found guilty

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    SENTENCE ON a man from Bigton who was found guilty of four charges including verbally abusing a retired woman and driving while unfit through drink has been deferred until early September. Following a short trial at Lerwick Sheriff Court which concluded on Tuesday, Martyn Fisher of 4 Hayhoull Place, was also found guilty of behaving aggressively towards neighbours as well as failing to give information to the police.

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    Exam results day for pupils across the isles

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    Students across the isles have been receiving their exam results today, with more than 600 school pupils getting their results by text, email or post. This year is the second year of the new National qualifications, brought in as part of the Curriculum for Excellence, and are usually taken in S4. It is also the […]

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    Cooke buys Thomson Bros.

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    CANADIAN salmon producer Cooke Aquaculture has acquired one of Shetland's last remaining independent salmon farming businesses. The sale of Yell based Thompson Bros. Salmon Ltd adds two farming sites to Cooke Aquaculture's operation and means the company now owns all the salmon sites in the Yell/Unst management area.

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    Shock result dents Spurs’ senior football title hopes

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    A shock result in senior football's G&S Flooring Premier League matches last night saw Spurs lose to town rivals Thistle at Gilbertson Park.

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    Review: ‘a rare, truly faultless night’

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    Punch Brothers at Mareel on Monday night - Photo: Neil Riddell/ShetNewsYou know a gig in Shetland is especially exceptional when, come the end of the night, the bodies in the audience rise up, snake-charmed by the musicians in front of them, for a standing ovation, writes Chris Cope. They don't happen all too often here; maybe it's reservedness, or maybe we're just a bit hard to please.

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    Exam results day

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    MORE than 600 pupils in Shetland are receiving their exam results on Tuesday morning, either by text, email or post. This is the second year of the new Nationals which were brought in as part of Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) and which are usually taken in S4.

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    Inquiry reveals cause of farming tragedy

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    A Bigton farmer died when a tractor’s loading frame collapsed on him after he undid a hydraulic hose, a fatal accident inquiry at Lerwick Sheriff Court was told. The one-hour-long inquiry into the sudden death of Bryden Budge on 14th October will be followed by the sheriff’s written determination at the end of this week […]

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    Inside Scalloway’s new health centre

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    The wraps have been taken off Scalloway’s new health centre in what was once the primary school, providing premises for the NHS more than three times the size of the existing surgery. Classrooms have been transformed into consulting rooms in the spacious development, giving the health service a fit for purpose building for a rapidly […]

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    Lighthouse tower opening

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    The lighthouse tower at Sumburgh head will open to visitors this weekend. Public tours start on Saturday and will run between Friday and Sunday until the end of September. The trust said it is “a key milestone” in the restoration of the lighthouse site. A ceremony will be held  to mark the occasion, with guests […]

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    Fiddle Frenzy launches with memorable show

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    Shetland is a place where scarcely a week goes by without a festival of one sort or another taking place somewhere in the islands. For many the Fiddle Frenzy week has become the highlight of the musical year and it is above all a celebration of Shetland fiddle music. But that said there is a […]

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    Custody for assault accused

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    A man accused of assault was remanded in custody at Lerwick Sheriff Court today. Craig Thomas Homer, 29, whose address was given as Luss Avenue, Greenock, appeared from custody and pleaded not guilty to charges of assaulting a man to his injury in Lerwick on Saturday. Homer was said to have punched a man on […]

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    FAI hears of tragic death of popular farmer

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    Lerwick Sheriff Court.A SHETLAND farmer died after he become trapped by the loading arms of his tractor, a fatal accident inquiry at Lerwick Sheriff Court heard on Monday morning. James Bryden Budge was pronounced dead shortly after the accident, which happened on the morning of 14 October last year at Bigton Farm. The short inquiry before sheriff Philip Mann called no witnesses but heard the details of the tragic accident from a joint minute and an investigation report from the Health and Safety Executive read out by procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie.

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    Channel crisis disrupts export of seafood

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    Robert Williamson of QA Fish - Photo: Hans J Marter/ShetNewsTHE CRISIS affecting freight traffic crossing the channel between Dover and Calais is having a detrimental impact on the export of fish from Shetland, with one supplier currently unable to send produce to buyers in Italy and Switzerland.  Robert Williamson of Scalloway-based QA Fish said the tailbacks delaying lorries trying to reach the European continent was regularly meaning delays of around 24 hours.

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    Tavish wants police control rooms kept open

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    SHETLAND MSP Tavish Scott is calling on the Scottish Government to reverse Police Scotland’s planned closure of its Aberdeen and Inverness control rooms later this year. The proposed closures are being examined by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) in the wake of the tragic loss of two lives on the M9 near Stirling after police failed to attend the crash site for three days after being alerted by a member of the public.

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    Fiddle Frenzy under way

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    Fiddle Frenzy is well under way with a busy week of concerts, workshops and sessions for music lovers both close to home and far and wide.

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    Greenock man kept in custody

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    A CONCRETE finisher from Greenock was remanded in custody after appearing before Lerwick Sheriff Court on Monday accused of injuring a man by punching and kicking him in the town’s Commercial Street on Saturday. Craig Homer, of 50 Luss Avenue, pleaded not guilty to the charge but had his bail application refused. A trial date of 3 September has been set.

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    Isles folk put in tonnes of effort on clothes recycling

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    Shetland people have recycled 30 tonnes of clothes, shoes and textiles over the last 11 months following the addition of 21 new Salvation Army clothing banks across the islands last August.

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