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    Warning after widow contacted by phone scammer

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    The police have warned people to beware of fraudulent phone calls after a Lerwick woman was contacted by a scammer pretending to be from a bank.

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    Staney Hill housing plans recommended for approval

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    Up to 400 homes could be built on Staney Hill if plans are backed by the council next week to give planning permission in principle.

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    UKIP to field Robert Smith again

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    Robert Smith.THE CONTEST to represent the northern isles in the next UK parliament is set to be another five horse race. Orkney fisherman Robert Smith confirmed on Wednesday that he is again to stand for the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). The chairman of UKIP's Orkney branch wrote party history five years ago when he secured 6.3 per cent of the vote in Orkney and Shetland and became the only UKIP candidate in Scotland to save his deposit.

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    Staney Hill houses to address 'dire' shortage

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    The site where between 300 and 400 new homes could be built.UP TO 400 new homes could be built in the north of Lerwick if councillors back a recommendation from Shetland Islands Council planners to give the development permission in principle. Shetland Leasing and Property Developments (SLAP), working in association with Hjaltland Housing Association, wants to develop a 29 hectare site at North Staney Hill to provide much needed housing in the town. Objections to the development of between 300 and 400 homes have been received from three community councils outside Lerwick, along with a few households in the town, but Lerwick Community Council (LCC) is supportive of the planning application.

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    MSP presses health minister

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    MSP Tavish Scott.SHETLAND MSP Tavish Scott is pressing Scottish health minister Shona Robison to address concerns about the islands’ ambulance service and his claim that NHS Shetland is being “short changed” on funding.

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    Polaris deal for Bixter

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    Bixter Garage owner Martin Nicolson.SPECIALIST dealer Polaris, which manufactures all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), has announced the appointment of the Bixter Garage as its dealer for Shetland. The West Side garage, which employs three full time and two part time staff, has been serving the local community since 1983, specialising in 4x4 repairs, and supplies ATVs and off-road trailers for sheep handling.

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    March Rocks signifies 30 not out for promoter Jeff

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    Mystery Juice will offer their "vital mix of heavy funk grooves, blues guitar, searing electric fiddle and machine-gun vocals".A LOCAL music promoter is celebrating 30 years of holding gigs in Shetland with a two-day mini-festival this weekend. Jeff Ampleford will host a bumper bill of mainland acts and isles talent at the Lerwick Legion on Friday night and from 2pm on Saturday, writes Chris Cope. The jam-packed March Rocks event - which will see a myriad of groups such as Mystery Juice, Randolph’s Leap, The Revellers and First Foot Soldiers perform over the weekend - is also acting as a birthday bash for Ampleford and sound tech Amanda Pearson.

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    Man arrested at airport with ‘offensive weapon’

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    A man has been arrested at Sumburgh Airport for trying to board a flight to Glasgow while allegedly carrying an offensive weapon. The 29-year-old was apprehended and taken into police custody following a report from security staff. The weapon is believed to have been a knuckle-duster, although that has not been confirmed by police. A […]

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    Man arrested from Glasgow bound plane

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    The man was arrested from Loganair/Flybe"s flight to Glasgow - Photo: ShetNewsLOGANAIR's lunchtime service from Shetland to Glasgow was delayed by more than an hour on Tuesday after a 29-year-old man tried to board the plane with an offensive weapon. Police were alerted after Sumburgh airport security staff took the weapon off the man prior to him boarding. The aircraft was already in the process of getting ready for take off and had to return to its apron outside the terminal building to allow two police officers to arrest the man.

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    Community orchestra concert

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    The Shetland Community Orchestra has been rehearsing an eclectic range of material for its spring concert. Photo: Malcolm YoungerTHE Shetland Community Orchestra has unveiled a programme featuring a mixture of classical and contemporary works for its spring 2015 concert. A spokesman said the orchestra invited new members to join back in January and it was not disappointed, adding players in every section, and the collective is now “going from strength to strength”.

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    Community council backs social housing plans

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    Lerwick Community Council has backed plans to build 21 houses at the old observatory site in the town - despite objections from residents.

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    Hockey team through to Scottish District Cup semi-final

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    The Shetland women's hockey team are through to the semi-finals of the Scottish District Cup for the third consecutive year, following a resounding win over Highland Ladies 2 at the weekend.

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    Views sought on Smith Commission plans

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    A Scottish parliamentary committee is visiting Shetland to hear views from local people on the Smith Commission’s proposals.

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    Classical opportunity for primary pupils

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    The Shetland Schools Music Festival committee, together with the Shetland Community Orchestra, are running a day of workshops and performances as part of the “Ten Pieces” project. A new initiative for primary schools, Ten Pieces is led by the BBC and focuses on classical music and creativity. The aim is to open up the world […]

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    Boost for Brough Lodge

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    Historic Scotland has pledged more cash towards Brough Lodge's restoration.BROUGH Lodge in Fetlar is to receive over £460,000 for the next stage of renovations to turn it into a residential heritage centre. The historic Gothic mansion is being transformed into a “mixed-use commercial venue” bringing people to the island for arts and environmental courses and retreats, and will also offer short-stay holiday accommodation.

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    Plane plummeted 2,900 feet after lightning strike

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    One of Loganair's Saab 2000 aircraft was struck by lightning in December.A PLANE struck by lightning on its way to Shetland in mid December nose-dived to 1,100 feet above sea level on autopilot before starting to climb, an Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) report has found. The captain of Loganair’s Saab 2000 believed the strike had disabled the plane’s autopilot system and attempted to turn its nose upwards, but the aircraft did not respond as anticipated.

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    Health board asks for help naming its new buildings

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    NHS Grampian wants Shetland folk to help provide names for two major new health buildings on its Foresterhill hospital campus site in Aberdeen. The buildings, a new hospital and a centre costing around £120 million, will serve patients from the Northern Isles as well as the Grampian area. The new hospital will include maternity, gynaecology, […]

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    Lisa to battle it out on The Voice

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    Team Tom singer Lisa Ward is to battle it out on The Voice on Saturday, after securing a spot with the Welsh singing superstar in the blind auditions.

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    NHS seeks new names

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    NHS Grampian is seeking potential names for new buildings at Foresterhill. NHS GRAMPIAN is seeking naming suggestions from members of the public in the Northern Isles as it develops two major new buildings on its Foresterhill campus site in Aberdeen. The two buildings, being built at a cost of £120 million and expected to be open by the end of 2020, will serve patients from NHS Shetland and NHS Orkney as well as those in Grampian.

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    Chair resigns to keep politics out of the arts

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    Alistair Carmichael and Danus Skene are keen to keep the general election campaign out of the Shetland Arts dispute.SHETLAND Arts Development Agency (SADA) chairman Danus Skene has resigned from his position with the organisation to concentrate on the general election campaign he is contesting for the SNP. His move follows an intervention by northern isles Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael who has called on Shetland Arts to go public on its plans to restructure the arts development agency. Skene made it clear that he did not want the organisation to become a political football during the election campaign.

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