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Tribute paid following death of Half Way House resident

1 hour 58 min ago

An elderly woman who stayed in one of Shetland’s best-known houses has died at the age of 88.

Police officers found the body of Charlotte Robertson at her Sand Water home last Monday after concerns were raised.

Miss Robertson had stayed in the house – widely known as the Halfway House – since the 1950s.

A Police Scotland statement read: “We received report of concern for person at a property in the Sand Water area of Shetland around 12.40pm on Monday, 18th October, 2021.

“Officers attended and the body of an 88-year-old woman was found within.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious and, as with all sudden deaths, a report has been sent to the Procurator Fiscal.”

Miss Robertson was regarded as a very private person, but featured last year on the anti-windfarm Facebook page Save Shetland after it emerged eight of the 103 Viking Energy turbines would be sited within two kilometres of her home.

Viking Energy said at the time that it had maintained regular contact with Miss Robertson, and had sought to offer ongoing help and support.

This week Save Shetland’s Ernie Ramaker said: “Save Shetland are very saddened to hear of Lottie’s passing. We visited on several occasions and she was a lovely, private person. We extend our sympathy to her family.”

Trio of Covid cases confirmed

2 hours 9 min ago

Shetland has recorded three new cases of Covid-19, the latest Scottish government figures show.

Across Scotland 2,240 new cases were confirmed today, Monday, 25th October. There were no reported deaths, 57 people remained in intensive care and 902 people remain hospitalised.

The rolling, seven day figure of confirmed Covid cases in Shetland up to the 22nd October stands at 15.

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Dogs against Drugs show off their skills

5 hours 7 min ago

There were plenty of oohs and aahs yesterday as the latest recruits to the Dogs Against Drugs charity were the VIPs during a demonstration session at Nortlink Ferry Terminal.

Seasoned drug detection dogs Oscar and Thor executed dummy operations as guests moved throughout the terminal.

After a question and answer session with drug dog instructor Michael Coutts, the main stars of hour long demonstration made an appearance.

Hera and Bravo, five month old Springer Spaniels, arrived in Shetland in August and are currently undergoing ‘environmental training’ as a foundation on which to build the skills needed to become operational drug detection dogs.

Handlers Megan Grant and Hannah Anderson discussed the puppies progress so far and answered the many questions children at the event put to them.

A full report will appear in this week’s Shetland Times, out Friday, 29th October.


VIDEO: Visit the Hallowe’en House…if you dare!

20 hours 5 min ago

Visitors to Krista and Colin Tulloch’s house this week are in for a real fright.

The couple have transformed their home, in Hardbrakes Place, Dunrossness, into a spooky Hallowe’en House complete with moving window displays and skeletons galore in the garden.

Krista told The Shetland Times: “We really just want everyone to enjoy a bit of Hallowe’en fun and magic both young and old and in the process hopefully raise some money in aid of Ability Shetland which we have donation tins on the fence for.”

This year’s display is their biggest yet and also their last here as they are moving soon.

Krista said: “You never know what might appear – dancing skeletons, ghosts, Frankenstein or werewolves.”

The display was switched on tonight (Sunday) and will run from 6.30pm to 10.30pm every evening until Sunday.

Trawler is towed to safety in 20-hour rescue operation

October 23, 2021 | 7.11pm

Aith Lifeboat volunteers spent 20 hours at sea yesterday (Friday) helping to recover a whitefish trawler which had lost power and was taking on water in winds gusting up to gale force eight.

RNLI Charles Lidbury was launched at about 7am to go to the aid of the 26-metre Banff-registered trawler, which had six people on board.

The crew made their way 50 miles west of Scalloway to assess the situation while the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s rescue helicopter landed extra pumping equipment on board the stricken trawler to help clear its hold.

The lifeboat arrived alongside the trawler at 9.50am, and a fishing vessel, the Kirkwall-registered Aalskere, managed to establish a tow line shortly after. 

The Lifeboat crew shadowed both fishing vessels safely back to harbour in Scalloway by 11.45pm.

Aith Lifeboat coxswain John Robertson said: “We’re grateful to the vessels nearby who responded to this incident: the oil industry standby vessel Grampian Dynamic and nearby trawler Norlan worked with emergency services and RNLI volunteers to offer standby safety cover. 

“Special thanks go to the crew of the Aalskere for helping tow the broken-down vessel to safety. This has been a lengthy rescue operation for everyone concerned, with testing sea conditions, but effective teamwork has ensured the safety of all involved

“My thanks also to our RNLI volunteers who came out in poor conditions and did what they are trained to do – only getting home again at 3am.”

The stricken trawler is taken under tow to Scalloway. Photo: RNLI
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VIDEO: Watch as rescued seal is released

October 23, 2021 | 12.36pm

A seal pup rescued from a bay in Aberdeen has been released here in the hope it will make its way back to Arctic waters.

The ringed seal, a species normally spotted off Greenland and Norway, has spent eight weeks being cared for by the Scottish SPCA and was flown up to Shetland yesterday (Friday) by the charity Civil Air Support.

The male seal, which has been named Hispi, was released at Cross-voe-sand in Northmavine this morning after spending the night at Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary.

Hispi was rescued from Cove Bay Harbour last month after British Divers Marine Life Rescue raised the alarm.

They found the pup underweight, had abrasions on its back, an eye ulcer and appeared lethargic.
  • For the full story see next week’s edition of The Shetland Times.

Fishing vessel under tow after losing power

October 22, 2021 | 1.11pm

A fishing vessel is under tow after losing power in the early hours of Friday morning.

The Aith lifeboat was dispatched along with the Sumburgh-based rescue helicopter following the issue with the Banff-registered Enterprise II.

The vessel lost power and was left drifting 60 miles west of the isles.

Another vessel has been towing her back to Scalloway, with the Aith lifeboat shadowing her.

In this week’s Shetland Times

October 22, 2021 | 7.00am

In today’s (Friday, 22nd October) edition of The Shetland Times:

• Isles MP Alistair Carmichael reveals he has received death threats, while MSP Beatrice Wishart says she had been on the receiving end of “vile” abuse.

• Isles man Mark Toka has been left feeling “extremely happy” after winning a £126,000 BMW – plus £20,000 in cash.

• The row over two controversial new Co-ops has entered a new phase with news the Sandwick store has been approved.

• Tribute has been paid to the last Shetland Bus man, who has died at the age of 101

• It’s a happy birthday to the Trondra and Burra bridges, which have celebrated their 50th anniversary.

• Plastic pollution has been described as an increasingly serious problem for isles birds after several reports of dead gannets being found.

• Find out how to create a ‘spooktacular’ look in our Hallowe’en feature.

• SPORT: A fresh drive is under way to secure a new dedicated location for isles gymnasts to hone their skills.

Three new cases for second consecutive day

October 21, 2021 | 2.19pm

Shetland has recorded a further three coronavirus cases today (Thursday).

It is the second consecutive day in which three cases have been recorded.

The isles have now recorded 21 cases in the past seven days.

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More delays to NorthLink sailings

October 21, 2021 | 9.52am

NorthLink has warned of further disruption to its Thursday night sailings.

Passengers travelling on the MV Hrossey from Aberdeen tonight may only arrive in Kirkwall two hours later than scheduled.

Tonight’s MV Hjaltland sailing from Lerwick is expected to be unaffected.

Both of the freight sailings could be subject to delays, however.

NorthLink said the MV Helliar may be subject to some delays in her arrival into Aberdeen Harbour tomorrow (Friday), while the MV Hildasay may arrive into Lerwick three or four hours later than scheduled.

Debate to be held into DVSA’s handling of isles

October 21, 2021 | 9.16am

A debate will be held on the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’s (DVSA) treatment of Shetland at Westminster.

MP Alistair Carmichael will lead the debate on Wednesday morning, having been a vocal critic of the government agency following a string of high-profile disasters in the past months.

It comes a week after he wrote to transport committee chairman Huw Merriman calling for a government inquiry into the running of the DVSA.

Mr Carmichael said the agency “now requires serious and urgent ministerial attention”.

“I want to know from ministers why they have allowed the situation to get where it has,” he said.

The MP said he would be asking ministers to explain the “attitude of the DVSA towards the communities in the Northern Isles”.

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Woman assaulted at public hall in Lerwick

October 20, 2021 | 5.14pm

A man is alleged to have assaulted a 39-year-old woman in Lerwick.

Police Scotland said the alleged assault happened at around 9pm on Monday at Staney Hill Public Hall.

Inspector Sam Greshon of Lerwick police station said:  “A number of witnesses have told us that a car drove past whilst the incident was ongoing, however we have been unable to trace the driver of that car, unfortunately we don’t have a make or model.

“I would appeal to the driver to come forward as you may have witnessed the incident or captured it on dash-cam.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting incident 0720 of 19th October.”

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In this week’s Shetland Times

October 1, 2021 | 7.00am

In today’s (Friday, 1st October) edition of The Shetland Times:

  • EXCLUSIVE – Almost a third of NHS Shetland sickness absences have been due to stress since the pandemic began. Over 17,000 work hours have been lost to stress as hard-working health staff feel the long-term effects of the last year.
  • EXCLUSIVE – An isles school unwittingly sent parents/carers an email containing Covid misinformation. The email contained a checklist which claimed people under 30 were more likely to die from the vaccine than from coronavirus.
  • Da Wheel nightclub says it will investigate after a customer alleged she was sexually abused twice in one night.
  • National clinical director Jason Leitch said the vaccine has “changed the game” in the fight against Covid – but concerns about new variants remain.
  • More than 120 bikers gathered last Sunday to pay tribute to retiring motorbike instructor Steve Henry, who has given up after 37 years.
  • SPORT – There’s reports from hockey, junior football and the Shetland women’s resounding rugby victory.

Exploring Lerwick’s Knab

September 19, 2021 | 11.15am
There are many well trodden walking routes with great views in Shetland, the Knab being just one.
The Knab in Lerwick is a very popular walk and as with other areas, interpretive boards provide historical information, photographs and notes to ponder.

Incredible finds among caves of Fair Isle

September 11, 2021 | 12.05pm

Divers have documented the hidden life of many of Fair Isle’s remote sea caves for the first time.

A squat lobster and a closed beadlet anemone in Diamond Cave, Fair Isle. Photo: Graham Saunders

Marine surveys documented around 70 caves on the island, with dive teams battling weather conditions to carry out full biological surveys of four caves.

These included a spectacular 200 metre-long cave on the west of the island known as Diamond Cave.

Stunning images from beneath the waves show the characteristic sea cave habitats and species discovered, including corals, sponges and seasquirts.

The data gathered will help to map the sea caves around Fair Isle in more detail and increase knowledge about habitats and species, as well as sea caves around Scotland’s coastline more widely.

Starfish hanging on to a mat of colonial baked-bean sea squirts in Diamond Cave, Fair Isle. Photo: Graham Saunders

The surveys were commissioned by NatureScot and carried out by a team of divers from Heriot-Watt University.

In this week’s Shetland Times

September 3, 2021 | 7.00am

In today’s (Friday, 3rd September) edition of The Shetland Times:

  • Citizens Advice Bureau says the decision to cut universal credit by £20 will hit Shetland’s economy by around £1.3 million, and will cause the poorest in the community serious concern.
  • Nearly 60 Covid cases have been recorded in the last week, with schools particularly affected – but the SIC insists its schools are safe.
  • EXCLUSIVE – An artist speaks about presenting her work to the Queen of Denmark.
  • A leading engineer says that inter-isles tunnels are well within the realms of possibility.
  • There are plenty of pictures from last weekend’s Summer Spree and Pedal Lerwick events.
  • SPORT – Full match reports from Ness’ Manson Cup win over Whalsay and Shetland’s mixed hockey inter-county victory.

In Pictures: The Big Summer Spree

August 29, 2021 | 11.13am

Clickimin Leisure Centre was the place to be yesterday as the first, large open air event following the lifting of Covid restrictions took place.

It was a day full of games, competitions, taster events and live music running between 10am and 5pm on Saturday, 28th August.

A full report will appear in Friday’s Shetland Times.

Kirmirren entertain the crowd on the North Pitch at Clickimin during the popular Big Summer Spree. Photo: Kevin Jones
The Zorb Balls proved popular in the 60:40 during the Big Summer Spree. Photo: Kevin Jones
One young rocker enjoys the music of The Fiction during the Big Summer Spree. Photo: Kevin Jones
Mia Wiseman (on left) and Emme Halvorsen have fun during the Cycle Taster session which was led by Ability Shetland and NKS Shetland during the Big Summer Spree. Photo: Kevin Jones




The bouncy castles proved popular during the Big Summer Spree at Clickimin. Photo: Kevin Jones
Duncan Laurenson has a go at gymnastics during the popular Big Summer Spree. Photo: Kevin Jones






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