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    Court round up

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    A THIRTY year old man who "instinctively" headbutted another man outside Posers nightclub in Lerwick has been fined £300. Jonathan Donnelly, of Banff Road, Greenock, admitted carrying out the assault on 6 April this year. Meanwhile 44-year-old Ian Arthur of Port Arthur, Scalloway, was fined a total of £365 and handed six penalty points at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Thursday.

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    Unpaid work for ‘awful’ threat

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    A TWENTY nine year old man who entered a Lerwick house uninvited and threatened a woman sleeping on a living room sofa with a brick has been ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work. Matthew Smith, of Stanegarth, Lerwick, admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner and behaving aggressively in what was described as a "deeply unpleasant" incident on 13 July this year.

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    Agency workers drafted in to fill care centre vacancies

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    Agency staff from south have been called in for the first time to address staffing problems in Shetland care homes.

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    Hand in the till

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    A YOUNG woman who embezzled nearly £4,000 from the Lerwick branch of Specsavers opticians was told to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work when appearing before the town's sheriff court on Thursday. Danielle Aitken, of Hoofields, Lerwick, pleaded guilty to a charge that was described by procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie as "a case of the hand in the till".

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    Ordered to pay compensation

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    A MAN who vandalised fish processing equipment at Scottish Sea Farms in Scalloway has been ordered to pay £2,000 compensation to his former employer. Appearing at Lerwick Sheriff Court for sentencing on Thursday Robert Setrice, 39, of Skerpalea, Sandwick, admitted to maliciously disconnecting pipes and cables from the rear of machinery at company's factory at Blacksness Pier, Scalloway.

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    Unpaid work for Smith after woman left ‘very shaken’

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    A man has been spared a prison sentence after he held a brick against a woman's face and threatened to hit her.

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    Taking the heat out of the sea

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    Discussing ways to expand the Lerwick district heating scheme are (from left): Star Renewable Energy director David Pearson, SHEAP manager Neville Martin and SHEAP board member Andrew Blackadder - Photo: Hans J Marter/ShetNewsHEAT from the sea could soon be used to help expand Lerwick's innovative district heating scheme to meet growing demand from new customers. Shetland Heat Energy and Power (SHEAP) is in discussions with a Glasgow-based heat pump manufacturer to extend the network that already supplies about half of Lerwick's households and businesses' heat demand.

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    Offshore worker flown to hospital in Shetland

    Originally published by and copyright of Aberdeen Press and Journal

    Offshore worker flown to hospital in ShetlandAn offshore worker had to be flown from an oil platform and taken to hospital on Shetland this morning. Shetland Coastguard's rescue helicopter was called to the Dunbar Platform, 260 miles north east of Aberdeen, at 9.45am. They arrived at an emergency ...

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    Shetland Arts grant

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    The Mareel arts centre.SHETLAND Arts has confirmed that the agency has been awarded funding of  £750,000 from Creative Scotland over the next three years. The grant is part of the arts agency's regular core funding.

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    Google removes Herald story of woman from Shetland jailed for drug dealing

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    Google removes Herald story of woman from Shetland jailed for drug dealingINTERNET search giant Google has removed a Herald story about a woman from Shetland who was jailed for drug dealing from its search results under the EU's "right to be forgotten" rules. INTERNET search giant Google has removed a Herald story about a ...

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    Spotlight on future electricity supply in Shetland

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    Spotlight on future electricity supply in ShetlandPlans for a subsea interconnector cable to transmit green energy from the likes of the controversial giant wind farm planned for Shetland to the mainland and the grid are also being pursued, but seem likely to face a legal challenge from opponents at ...

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    School consultation delays

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    Sandness primary school is still being earmarked for closure despite fighting off the threat several times in the past two decades.SHETLAND Islands Council is proposing to delay its consultation into the closure of Sandness and Burravoe primary schools by a year. Education staff will tell councillors next Tuesday that they need more time before consulting on the two school closures, from which they hope to save more than £200,000 a year.

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    Shetland firm pays tax and escapes liquidation

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    Shetland firm pays tax and escapes liquidationA Shetland recycling business has escaped liquidation after its owner reached a last minute deal to pay the taxman almost £200,000 in arrears. Liquidation papers were served on 60 North Recycling last month after the Lerwick company failed to pay ...

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    Seabed revenue demand

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    DEVOLVING revenue from the seabed from the Crown Estate to the island councils is still on the agenda after a meeting of the Scottish government’s new islands working group. The Scottish government has proposed to the Smith Commission on devolution that all income from the Crown Estate should be handed over to local councils and coastal communities.

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    SIC forced to import staff for care homes

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    Lerwick's Edward Thomason House, one of several care homes on Shetland where staff are feeling under pressure due to recruitment problems.STAFF shortages in Shetland’s care homes have forced the local authority to recruit agency contractors from the Scottish mainland for the first time. Trade unions voiced alarm when they discovered by accident that two agency staff had already started work last week before consultation with the unions or councillors.

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    Search starts for ideal new power station

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    The existing Lerwick power station is more than 40 years old and in need of replacement.A LONG anticipated consultation into the future of Shetland’s electricity supply has begun, which will include four public meetings across the isles. The move comes after energy regulator Ofgem rejected plans for a new 90 megawatt  ‘dual fuel’ power station to be built at Gremista in Lerwick by Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution (SHEPD).

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    Carmichael wants joint effort on grid connections

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    A combined effort is needed between governments, regulators and the private sector to secure grid connections for the isles – according to isles MP Alistair Carmichael.

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    Tiptoes add to Sermanni’s dainty live act

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    An engaging and entertaining live act: Rachel Sermanni and Colin Macleod at Tuesday night's concert - Photo: Chris Brown I'M certainly no podiatrist, but Rachel Sermanni's feet must be pretty tired today. The musician stood tall on her tiptoes like a totem pole for much of Tuesday night at Mareel, snake charmed by the rhythm of her absorbing music.

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    WW1 community project gets underway

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    The Arthur brothers from Kirkigarth, Stromfirth, whose story is likely to be one of those explored by the WW1 project. Willie Arthur (left) was in the Gordon Highlanders, Jeemie served in the Royal Navy on HMS Vanellus. Photo Shetland Museum and ArchivesA MAJOR community project bringing to life the impact of World War One on Shetland is being launched with a £10,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Anderson High School has teamed up with the Shetland Family History Society, Shetland Heritage Association and Shetland Museum and Archives for the ambitious venture. The project entitled Those at Land, Sea, Home and Abroad is being coordinated by history teacher Jon Sandison and will result in public events and a long term legacy in the form of an online archive of material.

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    House price anomaly

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    STATISTICS suggesting Shetland house prices are falling have been rubbished by local property experts. On Tuesday Registers of Scotland reported that property prices in the isles had fallen by 8.6 per cent during the quarter from July to September, compared to the same period last year.

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