Local News for Tuesday 10th January 2017

Accident blackspot warning
Police have issued a road safety warning after two road accidents on the same stretch of road over the weekend. The A859 just north of Woodend, Keose in North Lochs was described as ‘greasy’ despite there being no ice or standing water, when the accidents happened on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. In each case only one vehicle was involved, and there was no speeding or other driver behaviour to explain the accidents. Fortunately neither driver was injured. A spokesman for Stornoway police said the area was known to be hazardous, and that drivers should take extra care on that stretch of road, whatever the road conditions.

Holm jetty vandalism
Polise are asking for public help after a series of vandalism incidents in the same location, on the jetty at Holm. Over a period of time the wire premiter fence has been cut, a padlock removed from the main gat and the light, which is needed for maritime safety, has been repeatedly vandalised. Police said anyone who has any information should contact them on the non-emergency number, 101.
Name the horse
Police Scotland are asking for help to name a new recruit to the force –  a brown Clydesdale horse, who has just successfully completed his 28 day assessment to join the mounted unit. The horse has a very laid back character and is becoming a firm favourite with everyone at the stables.The Police Scotland tradition is that all their horses are named after places in Scotland, so the shortlist gives a choice between Brodick, Harris
 and Montrose, with a public vote on Facebook set to make the choice. You can add your favourite by going to the Police Scotland Facebook page, or follow the link from the Isles FM page.

Weather warnings
Two consecutive weather warnings from the Met Office alert the Western Isles, along with much of the UK including all of Scotland, to severe wintry conditions over the next few days. A warning in force from 6pm on Wednesday to lunchtime on Thursday predicts snow showers combined with strong winds, leading to very poor travel conditions. The chief forecaster says: “Cold air originating over Arctic Canada will affect the area from Wednesday evening through Thursday, bringing snow showers and strong winds. Wind gusts up to 55 mph are expected in exposed coastal areas and on hills , leading to temporary blizzard conditions. As well as reduced visibility, 2-5 cm of snow could accumulate anywhere within the warning area, with 10-20 cm possible above 300 m. Lightning may accompany the heaviest showers, with potential disruption to power supplies.” A further warning in place from 12 noon on Thursday until noon on Friday adds: “A cold airstream will be in place by Thursday afternoon, bringing frequent snow showers to areas exposed to the northerly wind. A further 2-5 cm of snow is possible, with an additional 10-20 cm above about 200 m. Lightning may be an additional hazard, with possible disruption to power supplies.”
New gym equipment
New gym equipment at all the Comhairle’s leisure centres has been installed with £340,000 worth of kit. Gym facilities at the Lewis, Harris, Liniclate and Castlebay Sports Centres will be closed for some of this week, with the most modern equipment in Scotland being installed at all four locations. The outdated equipment which is being removed will be passed on to community centres and groups from Daliburgh to Ness, who will receive used and well maintained equipment from their nearest gym. Communities such as Ness, Bernera, and Southend are amongst those benefiting from the equipment.