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    Drug and domestic abuse up

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    Police area commander Lindsay TullochSHETLAND police have reported a significant increase in the amount of drug offences they tackled last year as well as a rise in cases of domestic abuse.

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    Laundry alight

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    SEVERAL people will be needing to get new clothing after a fire took hold in the Manson dry cleaners and laundry in Lerwick’s Kantersted Road on Friday morning.

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    Safer Internet Day

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    SHETLAND’s police force will work together with the local council and the isles’ child protection committee to celebrate Safer Internet Day next week.

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    Crew shortage leads to 24 hours without emergency helicopter

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    There was no emergency coastguard helicopter available at Sumburgh for 24 hours between last Thursday and Friday, due to crew shortage.

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    Hill out of jail

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    Stuart HillSELF-styled Shetland independence campaigner Stuart Hill was released from detention by Lerwick Sheriff Court on Friday after serving 16 days behind bars.

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    Traditions old and new at Nesting and Girlsta

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    Nesting and Girlsta Jarl Mark Gifford on his galley Sneckan reviving the red and white colours from his grandfather Charlie Anderson's day. Photo Malcolm YoungerMillgaet MediaON a drizzly Friday February morning a squad of hardy Vikings headed out to begin the celebrations of this year’s first rural Up Helly Aa in Nesting and Girlsta. For Guizer Jarl Mark Gifford it marks the culmination of a lifetime as a dedicated follower of the fire festival since his childhood days staying with his grandparents at Da Vaddle in South Nesting. For the occasion he is donning the mantle of Norwegian Viking warrior and cairn builder Flóki Vilgerðarson, who famously sailed forth to set up house in Iceland in the ninth century, stopping off in Shetland en route.

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    Mach charms Mareel audience with his arty tales

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    A decent crowd turned up on Thursday night at the Mareel auditorium for a thoroughly entertaining talk by artist David Mach, who currently has an exhibition of collages at the Bonhoga Gallery.

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    Driech start for Nesting & Girlsta Up-Helly-A’

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    A dull and mild morning greeted Guizer Jarl Mark Gifford and his squad as they mustered early today for the start of the Nesting & Girlsta Up-Helly-A'

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    Unpleasant attack (Catherine Moorehead)

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    I was a recent, first-time visitor to the Lerwick Up-Helly-A’. I thought it a most impressive, enjoyable, well-organised and exemplary, community-minded occasion.

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    Coastguard shortage, Gaelic spat, Gertrude roundup and more

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    In The Shetland Times this week. • A political spat erupts between Tavish Scott and the SNP over comments on Gaelic language. • Coastguard staff in Inverness forced to provide cover due to a local crew shortage • We round up all the news from last week’s Storm Gertrude. • Arts reviews include comedian Rich […]

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    Police figures reveal spike in number of drug offences detected

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    More than three-quarters of reported crimes were detected between April and November last year, according to latest police figures. Chief Inspector Lindsay Tulloch yesterday outlined police performance to councillors at the community and safety resilience board. The overall detection rate was 76.9 per cent and afterwards, Mr Tulloch said that showed the “continued strong detection […]

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    Coastguard chopper grounded before 100mph storm

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    One of the Sumburgh based search and rescue helicopters exercising with the Aith lifeboat - Photo: Bristow HelicoptersSHETLAND politicians have demanded a full and open investigation after it emerged the Sumburgh-based search and rescue helicopter was grounded for 24 hours last week due to crew shortages. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) confirmed on Thursday that their Inverness-based chopper had to take responsibility for the Shetland area during the build up to last week's storms.

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    Trust backs SLAP over HNP row

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    Chairman Bobby Hunter spelled out that SLAP Had the full backing of Shetland Charitable Trust over the HNP affair.SHETLAND Charitable Trust has thrown its weight behind the decision to evict a Lerwick marine engineering business from the site it has occupied for more than 45 years. HNP Engineers have aroused huge sympathy within Shetland for the way they have been treated by the trust’s property and trading arm SLAP, who sold the site on Lerwick’s Commercial Road to an English property developer to build a student accommodation block. However following an informal trust meeting two weeks ago to discuss a briefing paper from SLAP chairwoman Susan Groat on the issue, the trust said on Thursday it had given its “full backing” to the controversial decision.

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    NHS funding shortfall

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    Community health and social care director Simon Bokor-Ingram has until the end of this month to find £1.8m savings to his budget.NHS SHETLAND must find savings of more than £1.8 million by the end of this month to pay for its share of the joint community health and social care service it runs with Shetland Islands Council.

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    No escape from justice for heroin user

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    A MAN from Mossbank who fled police on a push bike after throwing away the contents of a bag of heroin has been sent to jail. Grant Huntington, of 18 Sandside, was sentenced at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Thursday after admitting a number of offences, two of which related to drugs. On 7 August at the A971 public road in Tingwall, the 27 year old raced away from a police car on a bicycle and discarded the contents of a bag of the Class A drug onto the road and surrounding areas.

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    Couper jailed for breach

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    A REPEAT offender from Lerwick has been sent to prison for four months after being found guilty of breaching a non-harassment order.

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    New mums in flu vaccination appeal

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    Mums Beth Smith with baby James, Jennifer Murray with Jada and Tanya Boxwell with Freija were presented with tiny golden boots to highlight how they collectively kicked flu into touch.A GROUP of local mums have put their names behind a flu immunisation campaign after recent NHS Shetland figures revealed that only half of pregnant women are taking up the offer of free vaccination.

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    A night of great craic with songwriting trio

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    Johnny Lynch (aka Pictish Trail), James Yorkston and Dan Willson (aka Withered Hand) offered much jocularity at Mareel on Wednesday night. WHEN Johnny Lynch, aka The Pictish Trail, sang “Playing to literally tens of people… just to cover my travel home”, it raised a fair old chuckle among the few dozen folk in the Mareel auditorium. The line belongs to ‘Believe Me, I Know’, one of several superb pop songs Lynch sang in the course of a cockle-warming set as part of a loose, informal songwriter’s semi-circle. Completing the trio at Mareel on Wednesday night were folk balladeer James Yorkston and the indie craftsmanship of Dan Willson, aka Withered Hand.

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    Jail for man who ‘terrorised’ his ex-wife

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    A man who continually “terrorised” his ex-wife with a barrage of phone calls and unwanted visits has been handed a two year prison sentence. Ricardo Kortram, 50, of Lerwick, was ordered to abide by a non-harassment order after he left the woman feeling “undermined” and “frightened” in what was described as the worst case of […]

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    ETV meeting

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    The emergency towing vessel Herakles.THE FUTURE of the emergency towing vessel (ETV), stationed in theNorthern Isles, will be discussed at a meeting in Edinburgh next week.

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