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Daily Archives: March 20, 2009

Middleton cleared of murdering baby in house fire

Middleton cleared of murdering baby in house fire

20/03/2009, by in News

Billy Middleton was cleared of murdering his nine-month-old baby daughter Annalise on Friday when a jury returned a not proven verdict against him.Middleton, 33, had been accused of setting fire to his bedroom and the hallway of the family home at Burgadale, Brae, in the early hours of September... Read more...

Only ‘fiend’ could murder baby – trial

Only ‘fiend’ could murder baby – trial

20/03/2009, by in News

A verdict is expected in the Billy Middleton murder trial today after the prosecution and defence completed their closing speeches yesterday and the judge, Lord Kinclaven, said he would address jurors this morning before sending them out to consider their verdict.Defence QC Jack Davidson told t... Read more...

World-class musicians

World-class musicians

This year’s Shetland Schools Music Festival has been hailed as an “enthralling and entertaining glimpse” into the vast amount of musical talent and ability in schools across the isles.The week-long festival drew to a conclusion on Friday evening in the Town Hall after 260 entrants had perf... Read more...

Windfarm models to go on show …

Windfarm models to go on show …

20/03/2009, by in Public Affairs

By JOHN ROBERTSONThe Viking Energy Partnership has unveiled a large scale model of Shetland showing for the first time how its proposed windfarm sits on the landscape of the central and north Mainland.The large display featuring the 150 turbines will be a focal point of the six public exhib... Read more...

… as trustees approve project handover

… as trustees approve project handover

20/03/2009, by in Public Affairs

By NEIL RIDDELLShetland Charitable Trust has finally agreed to reimburse the council for its expenditure to date on the Viking Energy windfarm after trustees sanctioned an initial £2.25 million draw-down on its budget for taking the controversial project to the stage of submitting a planning co... Read more...

Elma in guide

Elma in guide

20/03/2009, by in News

Tour guide and storyteller Elma Johnson has been listed by Cambridge Who’s Who, a US-based organisation which recognises executives, professionals and entrepreneurs throughout the world.Mrs Johnson has spent the past 29 years introducing visitors to places of interest in Shetland, including la... Read more...

Staney Hill to get shop again

Staney Hill to get shop again

20/03/2009, by in News

The Staney Hill community is to have its own shop again after a local business couple decided to reopen the old shop as a convenience store. The lease is to be taken on shortly by Najma and Asghar Ali, who already run the popular World Tastes shop opposite Viking Bus Station.The couple plan to ... Read more...

Total to consult

Total to consult

20/03/2009, by in News

Total UK is launching a public consultation next week as part of the environmental impact assessment into its proposed development of the Laggan and Tormore gas fields west of Shetland.The project would involve the construction of a gas processing plant at Sullom Voe Terminal and the laying of p... Read more...

Heroin now seen as the ‘drug of choice’

Heroin now seen as the ‘drug of choice’

20/03/2009, by in News

By RYAN TAYLORA greater number of Class A drugs were seized by police in Shetland from April to December last year than Class B or C drugs.The highest number of seizures for the isles related to heroin, followed by cannabis resin and the tranquilliser drug diazepam.The total value of ... Read more...

Scrapstore helps otter to recover

Scrapstore helps otter to recover

20/03/2009, by in

An injured otter being cared for in at the Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary is getting a new home, thanks to staff at the Shetland Scrapstore.The Lerwick-based recycling centre responded to a request from the sanctuary for a wooden hut to house Kirikou, the five-month-old female otter they are looki... Read more...

Dismay over  network loss

Dismay over network loss

20/03/2009, by in News

A decision to suspend a support network for farmers and food producers has come under criticism from a local food organisation.Pete Glanville, of the Shetland Organic Producers Group, said train­ing and advice could now be hard to find for local producers after the Highlands and Islands Food Ne... Read more...

Sepa plea: free to register tanks

Sepa plea: free to register tanks

20/03/2009, by in

Scotland’s environment watchdog is reminding Shetlanders with septic tanks they have not yet registered that they have only three weeks left to do so – for free.The Scottish Environment Pro­tection Agency (Sepa) has develop­ed, with the Scottish government, a 10-point plan to support econo... Read more...

Library plan to cost £1.9m

Library plan to cost £1.9m

20/03/2009, by in News, Public Affairs

The plan chosen to cure the chronic lack of space in the new Shetland Library will cost around £1.9 million, if the SIC agrees to add the project to its long queue for funding. The solution would see the book-lending service return across the road to the former library building while the cramped f... Read more...

Case halted for legal ruling

Case halted for legal ruling

20/03/2009, by in News

The case against a 50-year-old man accused of molesting two young girls could be thrown out of court because of a legal technicality.John Millarkie denies using inde­cent practices towards the 11-year-old and 12-year-old at his home in Hoswick, Sandwick, between 1st July and 21st August last ye... Read more...