30th May 2015
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Former Ness resident acquitted of rape charges

• A former Ness resident has been acquitted of raping two women.

• Appeal judges in Edinburgh slashed a seven-year jail term imposed on Kenneth Harper.

• Harper is expected to be released in around six months.

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court_of_criminal_appeal

SIC members cost almost half a million pounds last year

• Isles councillors claimed nearly half a million pounds in salary and expenses last year.

• A total of £493,415 was awarded to elected members during 2014/15.

• Attendance figures for the past year were also included in the report.

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Lerwick Town Hall Front

In this week’s Shetland Times

In this week’s Shetland Times:

• We have extensive coverage of Alistair Carmichael’s decision to remain as isles MP following the row over his role in the leaking of a private memo to smear the First Minister.

• Secondary school departments in Mid Yell and Whalsay could be safe from closure for at least five years following a meeting of Shetland Islands Council.

• Troubled Sullom tugs Solan and Bonxie could remain at the port after all.

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New finance chief says books are in good shape

• Shetland Islands Council had a “positive financial conclusion to the year”, councillors have heard.

• New finance chief Jonathan Belford said the figures were a good base point for the current financial year.

• Political leader Gary Robinson was happy with the reduced draw on reserves.

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SIC political leader Gary Robinson was happy with the reduced draw on reserves.
SIC political leader Gary Robinson was happy with the reduced draw on reserves.

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