Local News for Monday 16th January 2017
Lock up your oil tanks – Police
Police are warning householders to be more vigilant about oil tanks, after the latest in a spate of oil thefts in the islands. Between 5 and 600 litres of fuel oil was stolen last week from a house at West Gerinish in South Uist – one of several such thefts since Christmas. This theft took place sometime between 10am on Tuesday last week and noon on Thursday. Locking devices and alarms for fuel tanks are available online and from local retailers, and police ask householders to be more vigilant, and to report any suspicious activity to them on the non-emergency number, 101.
Assault in Stornoway
A 28-year-old man was taken to hospital with facial injuries in the early hours of Sunday morning, after he was assaulted on Cromwell Street in the town centre. A witness sought by police yesterday has now been identified, but police are keen to speak to anyone else who saw the incident, on the non-emergency number 101, or anonymously via crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
A car was left on its side beside the road near the Creed Enterprise Park after a road accident at 9am on Sunday. The driver was taken to hospital but released later, and there are no charges arising from the accident. Police are aware that the vehicle is still at the side of the road, and will be recovered later.
Theft of alcohol
And police are following a positive line of enquiry after the theft of a bottle of alcohol from the Co-op store on Cromwell street, at 9.30pm on Friday.
Crewman seriously injured
Stornoway Coastguard helicopter R948 was sent to evacuate a 25-year-old man who was seriously injured aboard a fishing vessel on Sunday afternoon. The FV Research was 65 miles north-east of the Butt of Lewis when she called fo assistance at 1.50pm on Sunday, reporting that the man had severe crush injuries to his leg. The helicopter was able to reach the vessel in moderate conditions and took him to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness, where he arrived at about 5.30pm.
‘Last chance’ for island renewables
This week sees what islands MP Angus MacNeil is calling ‘the last chance’ to convince the UK Government that it needs to support island renewable projects, with the future of the long-delayed interconnector to the islands hanging in the balance. Mr MacNeil is speaking to island community groups today, ahead of a meeting with Ministers from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on Tuesday to give his input. There are just over two weeks until the close of the UK Government’s consultation on whether Remote Island Wind projects should be subsidised in future. The UK Government has already decided to end onshore wind subsidies, but is considering whether remote island projects should be treated differently. Mr MacNeil said: “Without support from the UK Government, island renewable projects are less viable and this may in turn threaten the viability of the interconnector project. A thriving island renewables sector would be a win-win for the Government. Renewable energy from the Scottish Islands is cheaper than procuring it from offshore sources and, with the islands being the best wind resource in Europe, tapping into its potential would greatly assist the Government in achieving its energy targets. This may be the last chance to convince the UK Government.”
Rugby win for Stornoway
Stornoway Rugby Club made the best of home advantage on Saturday to deliver a slim but decisive victory over the Highland XV from Inverness, the final score 12-10. The first try came from Paul Afrin and the second from an intercept by Euan MacKinnon who popped it to speedster Chris Adams to take it in between the sticks. Iain 'Fish' MacKinnon's conversion won the game, and there was quite a celebration afterwards on a snowy Bayhead pitch.
Snow also added to the fun, and the challenge, of the second Stornoway Running and Athletics Club Cross Country race, in Lews Castle Grounds, on Saturday, sponsored by Alex Murray Construction. There was a good turnout of young runners and lots of photos shared on the club’s facebook page, Full results available soon on the SRAC website. The third and last race in the series is on February 18th.