Local News for Monday 2nd January 2016

CalMac’s early run to Barra
Shops in Barra were stocked just in time for pre-Hogmanay shopping, thanks to forward planning by CalMac. With strong winds set to disrupt weekend ferries, CalMac scheduled an early Saturday run from Castlebay to Oban and back, the MV Isle of Lewis bringing food supplies to the island just before businesses closed for the holidays. CalMac said that the services were brought forward to allow customers to get their hands on supplies, including fresh produce, for the holiday weekend.

Police news
Police asked for Coastguard help at 7pm on Friday, when a man from Scalpay was reported missing. Coastguard volunteer teams from Tarbert, Scalpay, Stornoway and South Lochs searched roads in Lewis and Harris, but the man was later found safe and well in a different location. The search was called off at midnight on Friday.

Substances were sent for testing after police stopped and searched the occupants of a car in Newmarket on Saturday at 4am, and a 32-year-old man was found to be in posession of a suspicious substance. If the substance is found positive, the matter will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

A 28-year-old man was arrested in licensed premises in Stornoway town centre at 1.30am on Sunday, and was charged with malicious mischief, breach of the peace and resisting arrest. He was kept in custody until sober and released on an undertaking to appear in court at a later date.

Vandalism was reported to police on Sunday morning, when a householder in Goathill Road found that railings and a wall outside the house had been damaged, sometime between 1am and 11am on Sunday. Anyone who saw or heard anything, or who knows how the damage may have occurred, is asked to call the non-emergency number 101.
Island press shortlisted in awards
A Hebridean writer and two community papers from the Western Isles have made the shortlists for the Highlands and Islands Media Awards, due to be announced in February. Katie Laing, who writes her online posts as Hebrides Writer, has been shortlisted for the best use of social media, while Ness community paper Fios, and the island-wide monthly paper Events, are both in the shortlist for the best community newspaper of the year. Gordon Fyfe, chairman of the Highlands and Islands Media Awards judging panel, said: “Judges had some difficult decisions to make, demonstrating again that there is a high quality of work being carried out in the region.”
Santa run success
This year’s Santa Run raised £500 for the Lewis branch of Cancer Research UK, with a good turnout of hardy souls despite Saturday’s cold conditions.
Met Office ice warning
And a Met Office warning of icy roads and possible snow showers remains in force until 11am this morning.