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    Lucky escape for drink driving mum

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    A YOUNG Shetland mother had a lucky escape after her car disappeared down an embankment when she crashed while drink driving last month. On Thursday 22 year old Dawn Smith, of 2 Adies Buildings, Scalloway, pled guilty to driving while almost twice the legal alcohol limit on 8 September. Lerwick Sheriff Court heard the only evidence she had crashed was debris, including the engine block of her car, that was left lying on the road between Frakkafield and the Black Hill on the main A970 road north of Lerwick.

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    Drink-driving woman crashed car at Dale

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    A drink driver crashed her car in the middle of the night, causing the vehicle to slip10 metres down a steep embankment.

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    Shetland Arts appoints new general manager

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    A new general manager has been appointed by Shetland Arts to re­place departed director Gwilym Gibbons.

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    Drug driver almost struck police officer

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    A RECOVERING heroin addict who almost hit an off duty police officer while driving after taking drugs has been banned from the road for four years and ordered to carry out unpaid work. On Thursday Lerwick Sheriff Court heard how witnesses found 37 year old Craig Menzies slumped in his seat with his head down after trying to park his car outside Sound primary school on 7 May while the children were leaving for the day. Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said that after seeing him driving on the wrong side of Lerwick’s Oversund Road, and then ending up on the grass verge after mounting the pavement, concerned parents quickly came to the conclusion he was heavily under the influence of drugs.

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    Shetland bucks national trend to record higher fish landings

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    Shetland bucks national trend to record higher fish landingsShetland fishing skippers have put their Scottish peers well and truly in the shade after increasing their annual fish landings by both value and volume. Total landings in the isles during 2013 were up 10% by volume at 73,800 tonnes and 24% by value to ...Investment paying off for Shetland fish sales Herald ScotlandShetland fish landings up 10% in volume, 24% in value in 2013 Undercurrent NewsShetland Records Higher Fish Landings TheFishSite.com FISall 8 news articles »

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    Review: Blown away by a masterful performance

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    The three witches Marie Claire Breen, Sarah Shorter and Laura Margaret Smith triumphed over some of the bizarrely jaunty music - Photo: Tommy Ga-Ken WanAfter struggling through the first act, Shetland News reviewer Kathy Hubbard came away full of praise for Scottish Opera and their adaptation of Verdi's opera Macbeth performed at the Garrison Theater on Wednesday night. First, a pre-emptive apology; once more, this Esteemed Organ has dispatched me to write a review of something about which I know very little, and all my attempts at palming it off onto someone who does know their stuff were in vain. So I'm craving your forgiveness – or at least your forbearance - from the get-go.

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    Finance chief James Gray to leave Shetland Islands Council post

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    Finance chief James Gray to leave Shetland Islands Council postShetland Islands Council's finance chief James Gray – credited by many councillors for helping to put the local authority back on an even keel – is to leave his job later this year. Mr Gray was brought in from one of the UK's “big four” accountancy ...

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    Sick fisherman flown from boat 80 miles off Shetland coast

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    Sick fisherman flown from boat 80 miles off Shetland coastStornoway Coastguard's helicopter was dispatched to the boat, 80 miles north west of the mainland, at around 12pm today. Shetland Coastguard's rescue helicopter was unavailable after being flown to Edinburgh. A Shetland Coastguard spokesman said: ...

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    Dangerous driving charge is downgraded

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    A woman was fined £500 and received nine penalty points on her licence at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday after being found guilty of careless driving.

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    Fine for cannabis supply

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    A Shetland drug dealer was fined £2,000 when he appeared for sentencing at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday. Lindsay Brown of Glenhaven, Hamnavoe had previously pled guilty to supplying cannabis, a Class B drug, at Harrison Square and Scalloway Road in Lerwick, between 30 November and 3 December 2012.

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    Medivac

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    The Stornoway search and rescue helicopter near the Clickimin landing site on Wednesday afternoon - Photo: Liam Henderson/Millgaet Media POLICE have confirmed that a man in his 60s was taken to the Clickimin landing site, in Lerwick, on Wednesday afternoon. A spokeswoman said the force was alerted to a "medical matter" at 2.23pm and arranged for the Stornoway based search and rescue helicopter to airlift the man from a vessel 18 miles west of Shetland.

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    Local fishing industry enjoys record landings

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    The Research, one of Shetland's pelagic fleet. £44 million of pelagic species, mainly mackerel, were landed last year. Photo: Ian LeaskSHETLAND bucked the national trend with a record number of fish landings last year while they fell across the country, according to new figures. Total landings in Shetland rose 10 per cent by volume and 24 per cent by value, while the amount and value of fish caught throughout Scotland fell by around five per cent, according to figures compiled by Dr Ian Napier at the NAFC Marine Centre.

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    Teen stays in custody

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    A SHETLAND youngster has been remanded in custody after appearing in private in Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday following last week’s incident when firearms officers were sent to the isles. Sixteen year old Samuel Barlow has been charged with two counts of theft, four counts of assault, one of abusive and threatening behaviour and one of malicious damage.

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    Good turnout for 'Let's Make Change' meeting

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    Food and toiletries were donated to the Salvation Army's food bank service at the inaugural 'Let's Make Change' meeting.MORE THAN 50 people attended a meeting called ‘Let's Make Change - Let's Start Locally’ at the Clickimin Centre in Lerwick on Tuesday night with the aim of starting a group to instigate positive and progressive change in Shetland. Topics such as the environment, social justice and nuclear disarmament were discussed and over 15 bags of food and toiletries were donated by the meeting's attendees to give to the Salvation Army's local food bank service.

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    Woman injured in North Road crash

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    A post van was involved in a crash with a car on the North Road out of Lerwick this morning. An ambulance attended the scene after the collision happened on the three-lane stretch of road on the outskirts of the town at around 9am. An injured woman was taken to the Gilbert Bain Hospital for […]

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    Kerr didn't take care

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    A YOUNG mother was fined £500 and had her driving licence endorsed with nine penalty points after being found guilty of careless driving. Thirty four year old Szilvia Kerr did not dispute driving on the wrong side of the road for a short while late at night on 26 January and colliding head-on with an oncoming car.

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    Finance chief Gray to depart local authority

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    SIC finance chief James Gray is to leave the local authority after three years. Photo: ShetnewsSHETLAND Islands Council’s finance chief James Gray – credited by many councillors for helping to put the local authority back on an even keel – is to leave his job later this year. Gray was brought in from one of the UK’s “big four” accountancy firms, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PcW), in early 2012. He was recruited by the SIC in the wake of a string of scathing reports from Scotland’s finance watchdog Audit Scotland, which culminated in a two-day Accounts Commission public hearing four years ago.

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    Northmavine parents lodge SIC privacy complaint

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    Urafirth Primary School. Photo: Richard Webb (licenced for reuse under creative commons)PARENTS in Northmavine have lodged a formal complaint about what they describe as a “blatant breach” of data protection during a school closure consultation, and are calling on Shetland Islands Council to “ensure our privacy is taken seriously”. Last week the local authority issued an apology after personal details relating to “a small number of individuals” were inadvertently published within material relating to its consultation on whether Urafirth Primary School should remain open.

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    Funding questions delay arts chief announcement

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    An announcement on who will replace departed Shetland Arts director Gwilym Gibbons will "soon" be made – after a lengthy delay due to questions over funding.

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    Gemini to head to Scalloway

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    The accommodation ship Gemini, currently berthed at Dales Voe north of Lerwick, is shortly to be moved to Scalloway for the winter.

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