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Relief as Shetland misses out on major offshore wind development

THE local fishing industry has expressed relief after it emerged that a large area to the east of Shetland is – for the time being at least – not going to be developed by the offshore wind industry. Concern has been expressed that the rush to develop large offshore wind farms around the Scottish coast […] Shetland News …


Lerwick man admits making threats and brandishing weapons

A THIRTY three year old man has admitted drunkenly threatening to murder his own brother while wielding a knife and an axe. Calum Leslie, of King Harald Street, Lerwick, pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by shouting, swearing, repeatedly headbutting the window of a house in Cunningsburgh, uttering threats and brandishing […] Shetland News …


Covid testing changes should ease pressure on local health teams

PUBLIC health officials are hoping that newly announced changes to Covid testing and isolation requirements will help to ease pressure on the local Test and Protect team. NHS Shetland’s interim director of public health Dr Susan Laidlaw said contact tracers and testing staff have been kept busy amid a sharp rise in the number of […] Shetland News …


Council confirms Covid ‘outbreak’ in two care homes

ACCESS to two council-run care homes has been restricted after staff tested positive for Covid-19. The Isleshavn care home in Yell, and North Haven in Brae have been “technically required” to declare an outbreak as two or more members of staff have tested positive for Covid. All staff and residents have been offered PCR tests, […] Shetland News …


Young woman order to pay compensation for assault on police officer

A WOMAN who shouted, swore and struggled with her former partner before stubbing out a cigarette on a police sergeant’s hand has been ordered to pay £400 in restitution. Leanne Richardson, of Hamarsgarth, Mossbank, had previously admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner at her home address on 19 June last year, as well […] Shetland News …


Lerwick man who made death threat to social worker awaits sentencing

A TWENTY five year old man from Lerwick who threatened to murder a social worker has had sentence adjourned until next month. Kyle Swannie, of the town’s Hoofields, admitted making the threat in a phone call to the social worker’s colleague on 18 October last year. At Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday he pleaded guilty […] Shetland News …



Self-isolation rules impact ferry services

FERRY services across Shetland will continue to be disrupted for the rest of the week as crews self-isolate amid rising Covid numbers across the isles. The Yell and Bluemull Sound services are only running on a single ferry. Bookings have been suspended. Normal service on Yell Sound is expected to resume at the weekend. Currently […] Shetland News …