• The police in Shetland are setting up a Rural Watch initiative after officers based in Lerwick were recently trained in the Neighbourhood Alert Community Messaging System.

  • One of the two younger candidates in the forthcoming by-election for the Scottish Youth Parliament has withdrawn from the campaign. The withdrawal of Jamie Sutherland, aged 14 and from Lerwick, means that there will now be five candidates, rather than six. However Jamie Sutherland has not given up his ambition, deciding instead to research and plan for next year’s full election campaign.

  • Marking the centenary of the Royal Air Force is the RAF100 Baton Relay with a specially designed baton visiting 100 sites associated with the RAF in 100 days. The site in Shetland is that of RAF Saxavord with two Typhoon aircraft from Lossiemouth flying the baton low over the site and over the rest of Shetland including Lerwick.

  • In the last financial year the Shetland Island Council handled about 500 awards under the Discretionary Housing Payment Scheme and the council spent 98 per cent of its funding for that.

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