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Sparks flew as teenager took father’s car for joyride

A BRAE teenager with no driving experience who took her father’s car without consent to go on a joyride to Lerwick while twice the legal alcohol limit will be sentenced next month. The young woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted five charges, including driving dangerously and driving without a valid licence, when […] Shetland News …


Educational boat drifting Shetland’s way after trip across Atlantic

A SMALL boat created by marine scientists in the US could soon land on Shetland’s shores. Conscriptus was launched by students at the Brien McMahon High School in Connecticut in May last year. The unmanned boat has a tracker inside and the aim of the project was to give students experience in marine industry and […] Shetland News …


Compass Centre set to launch new project aimed at supporting young people

ALMOST half of the Compass Centre’s yearly caseload is made up of clients aged 13-25 for free and confidential support for survivors affected by sexual harm. The Compass Centre is seeking to recruit a young survivor’s practitioner to spearhead the project after receiving three years funding for the post from the National Lottery community fund. […] Shetland News …


Council funding settlement means a cut in real terms

COUNCILLORS and senior officials will continue to crunch numbers over the festive period following a proposed local government funding settlement that could lead to a further reduction in services. At 4.3 per cent, Shetland Islands Council has received the lowest cash increase of all 32 Scottish local authorities to run its services. As part of […] Shetland News …



Viking Energy turbine parts begin to arrive in Lerwick

THE FIRST turbine components have begun arriving in Lerwick for the Viking Energy wind farm construction. In what is regarded as a milestone for the project, the equipment – nacelles, hubs and drive trains – has been brought to the Greenhead Base on board the cargo vessel BBC Ruby. A spokesperson for turbine company Vestas […] Shetland News …


Screenplay to ‘go into retirement’ after 2023 festival

THE SCREENPLAY film festival is set to come to an end next year as its team of curators retire. Long-term Screenplay director Kathy Hubbard is stepping down following the 2023 event, as are Mark Kermode and Professor Linda Ruth Williams. Organiser Shetland Arts said “Screenplay itself will also be going into retirement”. Next year’s festival […] Shetland News …


‘Do things the old fashioned way and look out for each other’, police appeal as phones and internet go down

LOCAL people have been advised to be mindful of others in the community and do things “the old fashioned way” by looking out for vulnerable family members and neighbours who may need extra assistance or help while telephone and internet communication links are disrupted. There was no fresh information on Thursday afternoon as to how […] Shetland News …


Loganair returns to profitability after two years of losses

LOGANAIR, the UK’s largest regional airline providing lifeline services to the Scottish islands, has filed profits before tax of just under £5 million for the last financial year. Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, the return to profitability after two years of losses due to the Covid pandemic, was achieved on a turnover of £161 […] Shetland News …


Carmichael highlights importance of locally based fishery science

ISLES MP Alistair Carmichael has welcomed the fisheries research funding boost announced UK fisheries minister Victoria Prentis during her visit to Shetland earlier this week. And he encouraged more local projects, scientific and otherwise, to bid for money from the £100 million UK Seafood Fund, which has been extended from 2024 until 31 March 2025 […] Shetland News …