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    Islands travel sport scheme

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    Andrea Strachan swimming at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in July last year - Photo: Ian MacNicolSHETLAND MSP has floated the idea of an islands travel sport scheme to help sporting teams and athletes meet some of the exorbitant cost they face when travelling to the UK mainland to compete. Following a meeting with Scottish sports minister Jamie Hepburn on Wednesday afternoon, Scott said he was delighted that the minister was sympathetic to the islands' case.

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    Election: ‘A highly controlled bankrupt mess’

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    UKIP's prospective parliamentary candidate Robert SmithOrkney-based UKIP candidate Robert Smith is the next to set out his political vision should he be elected as the MP for the northern isles at the forthcoming general election on 7 May. Have you ever wondered what life will be like in 20 years time and how things will be for your children in the future? I worry about this and it's one of the main reasons I'm standing for UKIP. In the last 18 years, we have gone from a free, prosperous country to a highly controlled bankrupt mess. Sadly, the policies of all the other parties do nothing to reverse this situation and most of them put their foot firmly on the accelerator pedal to make things worse.

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    'Lower level' sexual offences

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    A TWENTY one year old man has admitted sexually assaulting three 15 year old girls in his car at various Lerwick locations in January. Christian Ulstad, of Asta, Scalloway, admitted “intentionally or recklessly” touching the girls sexually – one on 10 January at Gremista Industrial Estate and two on 23 January at Tesco, South Road, Staneyhill and elsewhere in the town.

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    Police target doorstep crime and driving offenders

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    Bogus callers and motoring offenders are the target of the latest initiatives being run by police, while efforts are continuing to recruit more support staff. Operation Monarda is the name of the campaign against so-called “doorstep crime”. Run jointly by the police and trading standards, it aims to raise awareness of rogue traders and provide […]

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    Knife man jailed for a year

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    A man who was arrested in a shop and was found to have a knife on him was imprisoned for a year at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

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    Wednesday's court

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    TWO YOUNG men have admitted carrying out a “concerted” assault which left another man “lying in a semi-conscious heap” and bleeding from his head in the centre of Lerwick last year. Jordan Palmer, 20, of Sandveien, Lerwick and Liam McLaren, 19, of the town’s South Lochside, both admitting repeatedly punching their victim on the head to his injury outside a pub on the Esplanade on 3 October.

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    Pair handed driving bans

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    TWO MEN were banned from the road for alcohol-related offences when they appeared at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday. Raymond Tulloch, 53, of Fjallberg, Lerwick, was found waiting at the Bressay Ferry Terminal in Lerwick sitting in the driver’s seat with the key in the ignition of his car on 10 March.

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    ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ character jailed for six months

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    A repeat offender was imprisoned for six months at Lerwick Sheriff Court today after admitting assaults and abusive and threatening behaviour in a police car on 17th January. Owen Finbar Haughian , 32, of Hoofields, Lerwick, was given four months in custody for assaulting three people at addresses in Herrislea, Tingwall, and a further two […]

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    Jail terms for separate knife and assault crimes

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    A THIRTY three year old man who was under the influence of "legal highs" while possessing a knife in Lerwick town centre in February has been jailed for a year. George Hogg, whose address was given as Grampian Prison, admitted possessing the blade without reasonable excuse or lawful authority when he appeared from custody at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday. Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said Hogg's behaviour in a shop on the town's Commercial Street on 17 February had been "extremely suspicious" – leaving staff and members of the public very concerned.

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    Tax fraud fisherman could avoid prison

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    A SELF-EMPLOYED fisherman who admitted fraudulently evading more than £26,000 of tax has been given four months to put a repayment plan in place before being sentenced. George Gen, 51, who lives on The Ardent fishing boat at Holmsgarth, previously admitted committing the offence between April 2007 and April 2013 at a Fort Road address and elsewhere. He failed to submit income tax self-assessment forms relating to £169,000 of remuneration for his work as a fisherman – on which he should have paid £26,419 in tax to HMRC.

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    Scam warning

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    TRADING Standards are warning folk in Shetland to be on their guard, as people across the islands continue to report receiving phone calls from scammers. "Lots of us have been called by someone claiming to be from Windows. "And today (Wednesday) we received a report of someone claiming to be carrying out a demographic survey for 'Shetland Council'," David Marsh,Trading Standards team leader with Shetland Islands Council said.

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    Airport talks continue

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    TALKS to prevent a 48-hour walkout by security staff at all eleven airports operated by Highlands and Islands Airport Limited (HIAL) next week are set to continue into Thursday. Representatives from the trade union Prospect met with HIAL management earlier on Wednesday. At lunchtime both parties issued a joint statement saying they were hopeful to be able to make a further announcement on Thursday.

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    Call made for funding package to help sporting competitors

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    Travel costs and other expenses faced by sports people and teams will be highlighted to the Scottish Sports Minister at Holyrood today.

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    Highways plan for Commercial Street

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    Plans are being drawn up to introduce unrestricted vehicular access to Commercial Street – heralding an end to the long-running days of pedestrianisation in Lerwick town centre. The proposals have been drafted by town planners, in conjunction with retailers and town centre organisations, following recent efforts to breathe new life into the street. It follows talks […]

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    Scoop! DNA database to tackle dog poo pests

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    THE FIGHT against dog fouling in public places is about to go high tech if Shetland Islands Council has its way. Forensic analysis techniques that are used in criminal investigations are now being used to profile DNA in dog dirt to catch people who refuse to pick up after their pets. The SIC is joining other local authorities across the UK who want to adopt the US PooPrints system that can identify any pooch from its poop.

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    New counselling service

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    THE CLAN cancer charity is to introduce a new counseling service in a partnership with the Shetland Bereavment Support Service (SBSS). One-to-one counseling appointments will be provided free of charge to those who have been bereaved or are dealing with “significant loss or change”. 

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    Anger as Turkish pupils held up at airport

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    The Turkish visitors with their peers from Latvia, Norway and Sardinia - Photo: Gordon Stove/Brae High SchoolTHE HOME Office has declined to comment after a group of Turkish students travelling to Shetland missed their flight after being held up at passport control in Aberdeen Airport last week. The seven 13 to 15 year olds and their two teachers, from the southern Turkish city of Adana, had to spend a night in Aberdeen before being able to continue their journey.

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    Scottish government should help end airports dispute – Carmichael

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    Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate, Alistair Carmichael, has called on the Scottish Government to intervene in the HIAL-Prospect dispute which could lead to strike action at several airports next week.

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    General Election candidates clash over ferry fares

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    Two of the Shetland and Orkney parliamentary candidates are at loggerheads over what the road equivalent tariff (RET) ferry fares could mean for the isles, if it were ever introduced. Liberal Democrat candidate Alistair Carmichael has described the exclusion of ferry services to Orkney and Shetland from RET as “unjustifiable”. His comments came as the […]

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    Election: SNP under fire over ferry fares

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    Opposition parties have accused the SNP of "discrimination" against the Northern Isles on ferry fares. Photo: Shetnews/Neil RiddellSNP CANDIDATE Danus Skene has defended the Scottish Government after it was accused of “discrimination” by extending the road equivalent tariff (RET) to more west coast services without taking action to cut fares in the Northern Isles. Alistair Carmichael, who has served as Orkney and Shetland's MP since 2001, renewed the Liberal Democrats’ criticism of the Holyrood administration for extending RET to services in the Firth of Clyde – where the cost of a single car ticket will be cut by 55 per cent.

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