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WATCH: Creative training day for swimmers

12 hours 48 min ago

Swimmers have had to get creative in their training with the continued closure of swimming pools across Shetland.

Coach Petur Petursson shared the footage on his LinkedIn feed.

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Shetland folk returning from France and Holland will need to quarantine

14 hours 12 min ago

Folk returning to Shetland from France and Holland will need to quarantine for 14 days after new travel restrictions were introduced. 

The Scottish and UK governments announced yesterday that the countries had been removed from the list of destinations exempt from quarantine requirements. 

It follows an increase in the number of new Covid-19 cases – and is intended to reduce the risk of transmission. 

The measures come into effect from 4am tomorrow (Saturday).

Aruba, Turks and Caicos, Malta and Monaco will also be removed from the exemption list.

Justice secretary Humza Yousaf said: “We have always been clear we are closely monitoring the situation in all countries and that we may need to take action to remove a country from the list of places exempt from quarantine requirements should the virus show a resurgence.

“These are not decisions which we take lightly but on the basis of the evidence it is important that we take action to suppress transmission of the virus and protect public health.”

Axel out on duty in Lerwick

15 hours 7 min ago

Dogs Against Drugs handler Michael Coutts and his canine companion Axel were out and about in Lerwick on Thursday morning.

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Drug charges lead to private appearance

August 12, 2020 | 5.42pm

A man appeared in private from custody at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday on drug charges.

Darren Boxwell, 33, of Shetland, faced two misuse of drugs charges.

He made no plea, was committed for further examination and released on bail.

 

Private appearance on assault charges

August 12, 2020 | 5.29pm

A man appeared in private at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday facing three assault charges.

William Mays was released on bail after being charged with two counts of assault and one count of assault to severe injury.

Mays, whose address was given as Shetland, was also charged with an air weapon offence.

The 46-year-old appeared from custody, made no plea and was committed for further examination.

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Aberdeen lockdown set to continue with implications for Shetland travel

August 12, 2020 | 12.39pm

The Aberdeen lockdown is set to continue for at least another week along with its implications on travel between Shetland and the mainland.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed the news in her lunchtime briefing today at Holyrood.

She said that despite a “slight reduction”, the number of cases were still far higher than any other part of the country.

The lockdown was announced last Wednesday following a spike in cases associated with pubs in the city.

In total, 177 cases have been associated to the cluster since 26th July – and 940 contacts identified.

The lockdown means people are advised not to travel into the city.

However, NorthLink and Loganair have continued to provide essential services between Shetland and the UK mainland.

Passengers have been advised to use their discretion as to whether it is appropriate to travel.

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UPDATE: Sumburgh Airport reopens after closing due to adverse weather

August 12, 2020 | 10.39am

Sumburgh Airport has reopened following a short closure due to adverse weather.

The airport posted a message to its customers this morning saying it had closed to all arriving and departing aircraft.

“We remain open for emergency flights and will provide you with updates via our social media channels,” it added.

Highlands and Islands Airports Limited advised customers to contact their airline if flights had been affected.

A HIAL spokesman said the airport had reopened by around 11.45am.

The closure followed a night of storms in parts of mainland Scotland.

A Met Office yellow warning for storms remains in place for large parts of the UK, including Shetland, today.

NorthLink carried out anchor test on ferry at Lerwick harbour

August 12, 2020 | 10.33am

NorthLink carried out a routine anchor test at Lerwick harbour last night (Tuesday).

A passenger ferry could be seen anchored in the middle of the harbour, in front of The Lodberry.

NorthLink said it was a planned anchor test, which it needs to carry out every six months or so.

A spokesman said Lerwick Harbour had been informed, as were passengers.

He said it was “standard operating procedure”.

The journey continued as normal after the test was completed.

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Storms on mainland leave parts of Shetland without internet connection

August 12, 2020 | 9.34am

Severe flooding in Edinburgh has left parts of Shetland without internet access.

Many homes and businesses awoke this morning to find they were unable to use their broadband connection.

Several businesses have posted messages on social media advising they were unable to take car payments.

Customers also said that some providers had shut their reporting lines due to the volume of calls.

Plusnet, which internet provides services to many businesses and households in Shetland, said its engineers were working to restore broadband.

“Due to the scale of the damage we don’t expect service to be restored until later today (Wednesday),” a spokesperson said.

“Phone and mobile services are not impacted. We’re sorry for any inconvenience.”

A BT Group spokesperson said the storms in Edinburgh had damaged broadband equipment in its exchange buildings, affecting customers in the city and a “small number” of other locations in Scotland.

“Engineers are doing everything they can to restore any affected customers as soon as possible,” the spokesperson added.

“Due to the extent of the damage, we expect engineers to complete their work in the exchanges later today (Wednesday) – at which point we’ll be able to assess any further related impact.”

Thunderstorms battered many parts of Scotland last night, with some regions experiencing a month’s worth of rain in just a few hours.

 

Young boy rescued after suffering head injuries at foot of cliffs

August 12, 2020 | 8.34am

A young boy was winched to safety after suffering head injuries last night.  

Emergency services were called to reports of an accident at the bottom of the cliffs at the Ness of Sound, near Lerwick, at around 8.50pm.

A coastguard spokeswoman said coastal rescue teams from Lerwick, Sumburgh and Hillswick attended, along with the RNLI’s Lerwick lifeboat and the fire service.

The casualty was winched from the bottom of the cliffs. He was then taken to the Clickimin emergency landing site to be transferred to the ambulance service.

Reports on social media suggest the was battered and bruised after a rock fell on his head but is thought to be making a good recovery.

The Gilbert Bain Hospital has been contacted for an update on the boy’s condition.

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Bain’s Beach swimmers make most of the weather

August 9, 2020 | 4.21pm

The August sunshine attracted many swimmers in for a dip at Bain’s Beach, Lerwick.

Farewell visit to Sumburgh puffins

August 9, 2020 | 12.00pm

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In his most recent video he paid a visit to the puffins at Sumburgh Head just before they leave Shetland.

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August 7, 2020 | 6.09pm

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