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    Former Ness resident acquitted of rape charges

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    A former Ness resident was acquitted of raping two women on Friday as appeal judges slashed a seven-year jail term imposed on him.

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    Heading to America the hard way

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    A LONG distance walker on his way from his Dutch home near Amsterdam to New York is stretching his legs in Shetland. Arjen Ulrich arrived in the isles on Thursday having completed about half of his 2,000 mile walk.

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    Judges clear Virkie man convicted of rape

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    A SHETLAND man was acquitted of raping two women on Friday as appeal judges slashed a seven year jail term imposed on him. Kenneth Harper was originally found guilty of raping a 15 year old and a 22 year old in Shetland along with further charges of assault and reckless behaviour. But judges at the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh quashed his convictions for two charges of rape and sentenced him to three years imprisonment in the wake of the ruling.

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    Thousands fund effort to overturn MP’s election

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    Protesters outside Alistair Carmichael's constituency office last Saturday. The protest is to be repeated this Saturday at 2pm.A LEGAL petition seeking to annul the election of Alistair Carmichael as northern isles MP following his admission last week that he lied about leaking a private government memo during the election campaign was lodged with the Court of Session on Friday afternoon. In just four days a crowd funding campaign has seen almost 3,000 people raise close to three quarters of the £60,000 target to challenge the election result in the courts.

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    Samaritans seek help to help others

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    THE CHAIRWOMAN of the Shetland branch of the Samaritans has renewed her call for more volunteers to join their ranks as the northern outpost celebrates its 30th anniversary. The local branch is based at Lerwick's Charlotte Street and the service, which offers confidential support to anyone suffering personal troubles, has been active in the isles since 1985. However, the organisation is always looking for more volunteers to help man their telephone lines and undertake face-to-face meetings.

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    New appointment to Shetland Charitable Trust

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    The latest addition to the Shetland Charitable Trust is the Rev Tom Macintyre, who was appointed as a trustee on Thursday and replaces Stephen Morgan.

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    Subsidy fear for new wind farms

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    The Burradale wind farm, outside lerwick - Photo: ShetNewsPHASING out subsidies for onshore wind farms could put the brakes on plans for two new wind farms in Shetland, according to industry trade body Scottish Renewables. The pledge in the new Tory government manifesto is being seen as a threat to the 27 turbine Beaw Field development in Yell, and the large wind farm being planed for Yell and Unst by local consortium Energy Isles.

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    SIC members cost almost half a million pounds last year

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    Isles councillors have claimed nearly half a million pounds in salary and expenses, new figures have revealed.

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    In this week’s Shetland Times

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    In this week’s Shetland Times: • We have extensive coverage of Alistair Carmichael’s decision to remain as isles MP following the row over his role in the leaking of a private memo to smear the First Minister. • Secondary school departments in Mid Yell and Whalsay could be safe from closure for at least five […]

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    New finance chief says books are in good shape

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    Shetland Islands Council had a “positive financial conclusion to the year”, councillors heard this week.

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    Adrift off Linga

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    The Tak Hunter being towed on Thursday morning - Photo: RNLITWO tourists visiting Shetland had an unexpected end to a three hour boat trip when they broke down in deep water and had to be towed five miles back to safety. Tour operator Jim Dickson, from Brae, had taken the pair on a three hour jaunt around Muckle Roe in his motor launch Tak Hunter when they came to a sudden stop just south of the isle of Linga in Swarbacks Minn.

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    Cultivating cannabis

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    A SHETLAND teenager who admitted cultivating cannabis in his Lerwick home must wait until next month before he is sentenced. Police found seeds, plants and equipment for growing the class B drug at 17 year old Larri Goodlad’s house at 1 Hillgrind.

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    Could have been worse

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    AN ORKNEY fisherman has been fined £500 and ordered to pay compensation after carrying out an assault on a night out in Lerwick. At Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday, 31 year old Stuart Anderson, of 3 Coplands Drive, Stromness, pled guilty to attacking and injuring a man in the town's Commercial Street in the early hours of 25 January.

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    Brawly fine

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    A MAN has been fined £500 after brawling in the foyer of a Lerwick supermarket. Eighteen year old Nathan Robertson, from Da Gaets, Culswick, Wester Skeld, set upon another man in the Co-op supermarket in Holmsgarth Road on 30 December last year.

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    Lerwick lass crowned Miss Shetland

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    Miss Shetland Jade Manson - Photo: Stanley WrightNINETEEN year old Jade Manson won the Miss Shetland beauty contest at an event at Aberdeen's Copthorne Hotel, on Sunday. The social care worker beat off competition from three other women to top the contest; she also picked up an award for the best walk of the night. The Shetland competition was held on the same day as its equivalent Miss Aberdeen contest. Lorna McKay was runner-up in the Shetland section, while Karen Jarmson and Jessica Carlyle also competed.

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    Protesters: anger at MP far wider than just SNP

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    Alistair Carmichael has vowed to stay on as MP in the wake of fierce criticism.PROTESTERS seeking a by-election for the Northern Isles constituency have disputed Tavish Scott’s claim that efforts to unseat Alistair Carmichael are being orchestrated from the SNP’s Edinburgh headquarters. The MP, who won the seat with a vastly reduced majority of 817 earlier this month, remains under strong pressure amid complaints to the parliamentary standards commissioner, a legal challenge and even a report to Police Scotland.

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    Seven and a half months for wife beater

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    A man is beginning a seven-and-a-half-month prison sentence after he admitted assaulting his wife.

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    Sent to prison for brandishing a knife

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    A MAN has been sentenced to eight months in prison for brandishing a knife and possessing diazepam whilst celebrating his last night in Shetland. Forty two year old Paul Macklin, of Moir Drive in Aberdeen, behaved “aggressively” at an address in Lerwick on 16 May while drunk, using a knife to “smash” a mobile phone. After the alert was raised, police later found Macklin to be in possession of the class C drug diazepam.

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    ‘Dirt-bike’ driver fined and banned for a year

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    A teenager who took out his dirt bike after drinking and travelled the equivalent length of a quarter of a football pitch has been banned from the roads for one year and ordered to pay a fine.

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    Seven months for assault

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    A MAN in Shetland has been sentenced to seven and a half months in prison after carrying out an assault on his wife that “could have easily ended in tragedy”. Ricardo Kortram, 49, of Lerwick’s North Road, appeared in the town’s sheriff court on Wednesday after pleading guilty to a number of charges. He had originally had been due to appear in court in April on a charge of causing fear or alarm to the woman by repeatedly phoning and texting her, threatening to kill himself if she did not reconcile with him and threatening to kill her.

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    Funding application for North Isles scheme

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    A funding application for the North Isles Landscape Partnership Scheme has been submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund. Proposals under the scheme include tackling at-risk built heritage, training to promote traditional skills, heritage awareness and providing greater support to the  work of the communities with isle community funds to pursue local projects. Approval in October ...

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    Anniversary celebration at Stromness Golf Club

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    Stromness Golf Club’s 125th anniversary celebrations step up a gear today, with the Annniversary Open competition. The guest of honour is George Macgregor OBE, the captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, and former professional golfer Ronnie Macaskill, who is secretary of Royal Aberdeen Golf Club. Stromness’s first golf course was a ...

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    Parish Cup quarter finals to kick off this weekend

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    The first legs of The Orcadian Parish Cup quarter finals are due to take place over the weekend. Kicking off the quarter finals on Saturday are Holm v Sanday, which is due to kick off at the Rockworks at 12:30pm. Rendall are up against Flotta, Hoy and Walls at The Rockery at 1pm. On Sunday, Stromness ...

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    Top accolade for Orkney RFC at awards ceremony

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    Orkney Rugby Club’s highly successful season has culminated in winning the top accolade at the Scottish Rugby Club Awards on Friday evening, with the club being awarded the BT Club of the Season. The award was presented to Orkney to celebrate their promotion into the national leagues aswell as recognising the work that goes into ...

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    Police seek motorist after reports of ‘erratic’ driving

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    Police are looking to trace the driver of a dark-coloured estate car reported as driving “erratically” on the Kirkwall-Stromness road this afternoon. According to police, they would like to hear from anyone with information on the car – which was either dark blue or black – which was making its way west, towards Stromness, around 3pm ...

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    Replacement ferry arrives in Orkney

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    The passenger boat Chieftain has arrived in Orkney as a stand-in vessel for the Stromness-Graemsay-Hoy route. Crew familiarisation and berthing trials are underway – with the Chieftain due to go into service as soon as these are completed. The vessel can carry up to 80 passengers and has been chartered as a temporary replacement for the ...

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    First Minister set for Orkney meeting

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    Orkney Islands Council will host the Convention of the Highlands and Islands on Monday. The twice-yearly Scottish Government meeting will bring leaders from across the Highlands and Islands together with Scottish Government Ministers, including First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Deputy First Minister John Swinney. On the agenda will be issues such as the Our Islands, ...

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    Crowd-funded electoral petition to be lodged this afternoon

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    An electoral petition seeking to overturn the election of Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael was flown from Orkney to Edinburgh this morning. A crowd funding appeal – “The People Versus Carmichael” – was launched on Tuesday to raise money to cover the legal cost of the petition, which has to be lodged with the Court of ...

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    Homecoming gig for Orkney bass player

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    Orcadian bass player Marcus Cordock has brought his Glasgow band, Little Eye, to Orkney today, as part of a Scottish tour, in the run-up to their appearance at the Isle of Wight Festival in June. They will be joined by support band, Atom Tree, also from Glasgow, for a date at Fusion tonight, along with ...

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    ‘Don’t spoil summer’ – drink-driving campaign gets under way

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    A national campaign to crack down on drink-driving has been launched today as part of Police Scotland’s summer safety campaign. Using the strapline “Don’t spoil summer”, the campaign reminds drivers that getting behind the wheel after even one drink isn’t worth the risk or the consequences. New data released today shows that Scotland has seen a 17 per cent ...

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    Room 3, 11 Ronaldsvoe

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    Room 3, 11 Ronaldsvoe, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1XE 1 bedroom House Share available 01-06-2015 £320 pcm • Energy Rating D Serviced accomodation. Double room in shared 3 bedroom furnished house which has recently been renovated to a good standard. In a popular residential area close to shops and recreation facilities. Services include cleaning, broadband, television and council tax. ...

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    Highbreck, Orphir

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    Highbreck, Orphir Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 1 Offers Over £165,000 Highbreck is well-maintained two bedroom bungalow offering spacious accommodation and beautiful views over farmland to Scapa Flow. The attractive property is set in a well-maintained garden and the local amenities include a community school, public house and post office. The dwellinghouse stands in good decorative order and ...

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    Run Café and Hostel

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    Stronsay Community Council invites expressions of interest for a highly motivated person or persons to run the totally refurbished and modernised Stronsay Fishmart Café and Hostel, due to reopen in June 2015. For further information, please email stronsaycommunity councilclerk@btinternet.com

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    Renault Modus 1.4

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    Renault Modus 1.4 Expression 5dr Price: £2,250 • Reg: 2005 • Mileage: 67,447 • Colour: Black • Gearbox: Manual • Fuel Type: Petrol CD Player, Electric Windows, Tow Bar, Panoramic Roof, 4 Previous Owners. Finance available – finance subject to status. Terms and conditions apply. Applicant must be 18 or over. Guarantees/indemnities may be required Click for Full Details ...

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    Autotrail Tracker EK

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    Autotrail Tracker EK Price: £15,250 • Reg: 2003 • Mileage: 69,854 • Gearbox: Manual • Fuel Type: Diesel 2-berth motorhome on 2L diesel Fiat; high spec van with bike rack; awning and alarm; one owner from new; vgc; fsh; MOT until April, 2016 Telephone: 852877

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    BID Manager

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    BID Manager Could you take the lead in making Kirkwall town centre more vibrant? Kirkwall Business Improvement District Ltd requires a Manager to drive the delivery of its £80k pa Business Plan to benefit the local economy and local businesses. The successful candidate will have a background in sales and marketing, with excellent communication skills, the ability ...

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    Alyth McCormack returns to Lewis for HebCelt show

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    Home for singer Alyth McCormack is two distinct places. There’s Lewis, where she was born and raised, and there’s County Wexford in Ireland, where she has lived with her husband, […]

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    Search off Stornoway Terminated

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    At 1852 UTC hours on Tuesday 26 May 2015, Stornoway Coastguard received a report of an overdue boat which set off from the Brevig Pier on the Isle of Lewis. […]

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    Protect Frontline Fire and Rescue Services demands Stewart

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    Commenting on a statement made earlier today by Scottish Labour’s Justice Spokesperson Hugh Henry  about expected job losses in the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service due to budget shortfalls, Highlands […]

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    Surge in submissions ahead of deadline

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    Scotland’s Single Application Form (SAF) submission tally is set to reach the halfway point this week, Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has revealed. With less than three weeks to go […]

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