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    Ambulances called to two crashes

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    Ambulances attended two near simultaneous car accidents at the South Lochside area of Lerwick yesterday afternoon. A woman was taken to the Gilbert Bain Hospital after a single vehicle accident at South Lochside that temporarily closed one lane of the road at 1.37pm. She was said to have “non-life threatening injuries”. Debris from the collision […]

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    College merger comes one step closer

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    The NAFC Marine Centre in Scalloway, one of the three colleges earmarked to merge into one organisation - Photo: ShetNewsSHETLAND Islands Council is moving ahead with plans to merge the islands' two further education colleges and Train Shetland to form one organisation. The 'New College Shetland' could be operational by the start of the academic year in 2016, SIC change programme manager John Smith told the SIC's education and families committee.

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    Youth keep Shetland’s fiddle tradition alive

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    Shetland's Young Fiddler of the Year 2015, Bryden Priest from Uyeasound - Photo: John Coutts UNST teenager Bryden Priest from Uyeasound was declared Shetland's Young Fiddler of the Year 2015 after winning a closing fought competition involving six finalists in front of a packed audience at the Garrison Theatre on Saturday night. Jasmin Smith, aged 13, from Bigton, took the title of Traditional Young Fiddler of the Year, and 11 year old Lerwick lass Ashleigh Jarmson won the title of Junior Young Fiddler of the Year

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    Man dies in house fire

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    Police this afternoon confirmed that a man died in a house fire at Clousta in the early hours of this morning.

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    Youth project faces uncertain future

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    The future of the Peer Education Project in Shetland is uncertain as funding for another year was not approved by the education and families committee today.

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    More new housing in town

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    Work has started on preparing the foundations for new flats on the site of the SIC's former housing department on Lerwick's Fort Road. Photo ShetnewsWORK has started on building two social housing projects in Lerwick that should make a big dent in the town’s waiting list for accommodation. This week local builders went on site at Fort Road where Hjaltland Housing Association are putting up 12 one bedroom flats for 17 future tenants on the site of Shetland Islands Council’s former housing department.

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    Car crime charges

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    The case against a young Shetland man accused of taking a car from a commercial garage in Ollaberry without the owner’s consent has been continued without plea until Wednesday. Ross Sutherland, of Room 8, Solheim Guesthouse, Lerwick, is also accused of driving the vehicle without a full driving licence, test certificate and insurance between Ollaberry and near Brae on 25 April.

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    Two town housing projects under way

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    Building work has begun on two new projects in Lerwick totalling £3.5 million which when complete will accommodate 55 tenants. Twelve one-bedroom flats are being constructed by Hjaltland Housing Association for 17 people at Fort Road in the same style as the association’s Excelsior Place development next door. Fourteen properties are under way at Pegasus […]

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    Joint probe into Clousta house fire

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    Police and fire brigade officers will launch a joint investigation into a fire that has devastated a house in Clousta. Fire brigade station manager Myles Murray was unable to confirm this morning if anyone was in the house which was gutted by the blaze. Two ambulances were among emergency services called to the scene but were […]

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    Fire rages through West Side house

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    Fire raged through a house in Clousta during the early hours of this morning. The alarm was raised at around 4.15am. Fire crews from Bixter, Walls and Scalloway rushed to the scene to help deal with the incident. Emergency services are still at the scene. The fire has been dampened down by fire service appliances […]

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    Man died in Clousta blaze

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    The scene of the 'serious' house fire at Noonsbrough on Monday morning. SHETLAND police have confirmed that a man has died as a result of a fire at a small house on the west side of the islands. Fire crews were called out to the blaze at 4.10am on Monday morning at a remote croft house near the settlement of Clousta. Three fire engines from Bixter, Walls and Scalloway attended the scene with 17 firefighters and one officer used three hose reel jets and four breathing devices to fight the flames.

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    Equal planning rights demand

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    Sustainable Shetland vice chairman James MackenzieSUSTAINABLE Shetland’s James Mackenzie spent the weekend in Glasgow speaking about his experiences of “undemocratic” planning. The vice-chair of the anti-Viking Wind Farm campaign group was invited to talk at the Planning Democracy’s People’s Perspective event at the city’s Trades Hall on Saturday.

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    Fine show of fiddling at Garrison

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    There was a feast of fiddle playing at the Garrison Theatre last night as the young musicians played in a concert and the titles in the open and traditional sections of the Shetland Young Fiddler Competition 2015 were decided.

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    Motor show gets off to a busy start

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    The Rotary Club’s bi-annual Motor Show at Clickimin got off to a brisk start today, according to Rotary president Andrew Archer. In the afternoon Mr Archer said the centre, which has around 50 vehicles inside and more outside, was very busy with visitors chatting to all the dealers, which was a “very good sign”. About […]

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    Gas cylinder prompts call-out

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    Firefighters were called to Meal Beach in Burra this morning to remove a gas cylinder from the water's edge.

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    SIC tenants forced to leave crumbling homes

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    The property in Pitt Lane with scaffolding erected four years ago to support a bulging gable end. Photo ShetnewsFOUR council tenants were given 24 hours to vacate their Lerwick homes this week after the property they lived in was condemned on Thursday. The tenants in Pitt Lane were given advance warning late on Wednesday that they would be asked to leave their bedsit homes the following day after structural engineers sounded the alarm. The two storey building is constructed from the same crumbling concrete blocks that forced the council to demolish a neighbouring building on Park Lane four years ago.

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    Dog blamed for lamb deaths

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    Photo Nancy LarsenPOLICE in Shetland are warning dog owners to keep their pets under control after two lambs were killed this week. The three month old lambs were found dead in Clousta, on the west side, on Thursday morning and showed all the signs of having been attacked by dogs during the night.

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    Chapel on the market

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    The Dunrossness Methodist chapel and manse. Photo Anderson & GoodladPROPERTY buyers are being given a rare opportunity to breathe new life into a former Methodist chapel in Shetland’s south mainland. The chapel in Dunrossness was built in 1894 by local people in a secluded spot next to the B9122 and comes with a detached cottage that originally served as a manse.

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    Floortje sees islands in a different light

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    Self-taught photographer Floortje Robertson with her exhibited work in the Peerie Shop this week. Photo: Shetnews/Neil RiddellA HIGHLY accomplished exhibition featuring striking images of the coastal landscape in Shetland, the Western Isles and Fuerteventura by self-taught photographer Floortje Robertson has gone on show at the Peerie Shop Café until the end of May. Simply titled Islands, the display – consisting of photos taken over the past two years or so – opened with a very well-attended launch in Lerwick last Saturday (18 April) evening.

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    Yell folk welcome wind farm plans

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    Bernadette Barry of Peel energy: 'made very welcome in Yell' - Photo: Hans J Marter/ShetNewsRENEWABLE energy firm Peel Energy hopes to have a 70 megawatt wind farm exporting electricity from the Shetland island of Yell within five years. The Manchester-based company said they were confident a £600 million interconnector would be built by then to transport power from Shetland to the UK mainland.

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