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    Seven and a half months for wife beater

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    A man is beginning a seven-and-a-half-month prison sentence after he admitted assaulting his wife.

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    Sent to prison for brandishing a knife

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    A MAN has been sentenced to eight months in prison for brandishing a knife and possessing diazepam whilst celebrating his last night in Shetland. Forty two year old Paul Macklin, of Moir Drive in Aberdeen, behaved “aggressively” at an address in Lerwick on 16 May while drunk, using a knife to “smash” a mobile phone. After the alert was raised, police later found Macklin to be in possession of the class C drug diazepam.

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    ‘Dirt-bike’ driver fined and banned for a year

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    A teenager who took out his dirt bike after drinking and travelled the equivalent length of a quarter of a football pitch has been banned from the roads for one year and ordered to pay a fine.

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    Seven months in jail for serious assault

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    A MAN in Shetland has been sentenced to seven and a half months in prison after carrying out an assault on his wife that “could have easily ended in tragedy”. Ricardo Kortram, 49, of Lerwick’s North Road, appeared in the town’s sheriff court on Wednesday after pleading guilty to a number of charges. He had originally had been due to appear in court in April on a charge of causing fear or alarm to the woman by repeatedly phoning and texting her, threatening to kill himself if she did not reconcile with him and threatening to kill her.

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    Motorbiking drink driver

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    AN UNEMPLOYED Lerwick man has been disqualified from driving and fined after taking a motorbike for a spin while almost twice the alcohol limit. Nineteen year old Mark Simon Rushby, of 5 Ladies Drive, took the unregistered vehicle from his house on 20 May during a party.

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    Admiral Fallow bring 'Tiny Rewards' north

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    Admiral Fallow will perform in Mid Yell on Friday and at Mareel on Saturday, along with conducting a schools workshop with North Isles pupils.ONE OF Scotland’s most acclaimed bands promise “something for everyone” when they return to Shetland this weekend for two gigs. Glasgow based indie-folk outfit Admiral Fallow will play the Mid Yell Hall on Friday before performing at Mareel in Lerwick a day later.

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    Local Liberal Democrats back Carmichael to stay as MP

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    Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has been given the backing of his Holyrood counterpart and the local Liberal Democrat group.

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    Eye-tracking exhibition

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    AN EXHIBITION of art created through eye-tracking technology that allows people with limited mobility to be creative has gone on display in Lerwick. Mareel is hosting Eye Can Draw - a collection of pieces by established mainland artists Dawson Murray and Jackie Smith, who both have multiple sclerosis - in its upper cafe bar.

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    Tavish backs embattled MP

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    Tavish Scott MSP.SHETLAND MSP Tavish Scott and the local Liberal Democrats have given their backing to embattled MP Alistair Carmichael over his decision not to stand down as the the MP for the Northern Isles because of his conduct in leaking a confidential memo. Following five days of silence, the LibDem MSP said on Wednesday morning that he was "very disappointed" by his party colleagues' actions but supported him in his attempts to regain the trust of local people. Here is his statement in full: "I am very disappointed by Alistair's actions. We have worked together for 14 years for Shetland. People come to see both of us to solve problems. I too feel let down. No wonder many people across the islands do too.

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    Local protest against Carmichael to continue

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    Embattled Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael.A NEWLY formed group seeking to force Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael to resign and stand for re-election is organising another protest in Lerwick on Saturday. It comes as pressure on the embattled Liberal Democrat intensified on several different levels over his conduct in leaking a memo about Nicola Sturgeon and then lying about it. - The parliamentary standards commissioner Kathryn Hudson has received a number of complaints about Carmichael’s conduct and is considering whether to launch a formal investigation;

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    Council’s harbours show healthy profit for past year

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    All Shetland's council-run harbours showed a profit for 2014/15, according to figures given to the SIC harbour board on Tuesday.

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    Ryan conquers Fitful Head

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    Ryan sitting in his wheelchair 1,000 feet up on the summit of Fitful Head - all Photos: Liam Brannan SUPPORTERS of Disability Shetland turned out in strength on Saturday to help one of their young clients to enjoy the stunning views from Fitful Head, one of the isles' highest hills. Thirteen year old Ryan Brannan from Cunningsburgh suffers from cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair.

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    Guardian Angell christened at Whitby in Yorkshire

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    Shetland's newest whitefish trawler the Guardian Angell (LK 272) was named by skipper Michael Henderson's wife Wilma at the weekend at the port of Whitby in Yorkshire.

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    Misguided stowaway in 'unenviable position'

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    AN ASYLUM seeker who sought to stow away on a freight boat in Lerwick harbour in the mistaken belief that it was setting sail for Norway has been handed a seven-day jail sentence after refusing to pay a fine. Forty five year old Orine Bakay, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to boarding the NorthLink cargo vessel Helliar on Sunday without the consent of the ship’s master when he appeared at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Monday afternoon. Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said Bakay has had asylum seeker status in the UK since April 2012, and the offence was one you were more likely to come across in Dover than in Shetland.

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    Waiting room vandalised

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    The Vidlin waiting room on Tuesday - Photos: ShetNewsPOLICE in Shetland are asking for witnesses to come forward after damage worth thousands of pound were caused to the public toilets and waiting rooms at both the Vidlin and Whalsay ferry terminals sometime over the weekend.

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    Carmichael defiant amid continued calls to resign

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    Embattled MP Alistair Carmichael following the election count earlier this month. Photo: ShetnewsNORTHERN Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has attempted to bat off continued calls for his resignation, saying he “very much regrets” the position he finds himself in but insisting he will continue serving his constituents. The SNP has piled pressure on the Liberal Democrat MP after he admitted sanctioning the leak of a private government memo back in April in an attempt to smear Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon and then lying about it.

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    Carmichael staying put as Northern Isles MP, he says

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    Alistair Carmichael has vowed to remain as MP for the isles despite widespread calls for him to step down after he admitted leaking a private memo in a bid to smear First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

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    Drug charges

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    A FIFTY two year old man from Brae who is facing a number of drug charges was remanded in custody when he appeared in private before Lerwick Sheriff Court for the second time in eight days. Ibrahim Abdullah Hassan made no plea or declaration and was fully committed for trial when he appeared from custody on Monday.

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    Samaritans branch celebrates its 30th anniversary

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    The Shetland branch of the Samaritans celebrated its 30th anniversary on Saturday with an event in the Lerwick headquarters.

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    RBS branch to close

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    The RBS branch in Brae is to close on 20 August - Photo: ShetNewsTHE community of Brae will lose its tiny Royal Bank of Scotland branch later this summer. The branch at the Brae Hotel is open only on Wednesdays, for less than two hours. Customers have been advised that they can check their bank balance, deposit and withdraw funds at the nearby post office, located in the Co-op supermarket.

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