Local News for Monday 8th May 2017

Stabbed crewman airlifted
Stornoway Coastguard helicopter R948 was sent to rendezvous with a Dutch vessel en route for Iceland on Friday night at 11pm, after a Russian crew member was stabbed on board the vessel. The Leah was 80 miles North East of the Butt of Lewis when her captain called Stornoway coastguard to report the 32-year-old man injured. He’d received stab wounds to the chest and arm, and was taken to Western Isles Hospital, where he arrived at 3.10am on Saturday. Dutch Marine Police were informed of the incident, as were local police and the Coastguard enforcement branch.


 
Police news
A 53-year-old man is to appear in court from custody this morning after being arrested on the A859 at the Ranish road junction on Saturday at 3.20pm. He’s charged with drink driving.
 
A fight broke out at the Co-op store on Macaulay Road in Stornoway on Friday evening, with two men aged 19 and 36 involved in an altercation. The 36-year-old man has been charged with assault and disorder and is to be reported to the Procurator Fiscal.
 
A 19-year-old man is to be reported to the Procurator Fiscal after disorder in Stornoway town centre at 11.30pm on Friday. He was charged with breach of the peace and later released from custody.
 
At North Shawbost on Friday night at 11.30pm a 20-year-old man was arrested after vandalism to a car was reported to police. He’s been charged and will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal.
 
And at 2am on Sunday a man was arrested on Castle Street in Stornoway and charged with threatening and abusive behaviour, and with vandalism. He also will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal.
 
Council results aftermath
The SNP group in Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have declared their intention to form an administration, after seven SNP councillors were elected in last week’s local authority elections. 31 councillors in all were selected by voters, with the success of the single conservative councillor, Ranald Fraser in Uig and North Lochs ward, hailed as a ‘historic’ moment by Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson. Western Isles council has never had a Conservative councillor before – neither has it ever been without women on the council, a result considered shameful by some voters. The Comhairle now has predominance of Independent councillors, but the seven SNP representatives make the party the largest single political grouping in the council. They say this means they have a right to form an administration and bring new governance to the Comhairle's way of doing things.  They also say that a good number of independent councillors respect this mandate and are positively engaging with the group. SNP leader Donald Manford, who was taken to hospital from the count on Friday after collapsing with low blood pressure, said: "Firstly, I would like to say that I am back to full health after being unwell at the count and I would like to thank the sports centre staff, paramedics and hospital staff for their excellent care.  The serious business now is that we are looking to form an administration composed of the SNP group and independent councillors. I want to see a more transparent and accountable Comhairle. We will continue to reach out to councillors who share this view."
 
Island collector to be commemorated
An Lanntair has been awarded nearly £60,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to launch the first ever Exhibition of the Colin Mackenzie Collection and Purvai, a festival of South Asian art and culture in Stornoway. Today is the 196th anniversary of Colin Mackenzie's death, and his work as Collector Extraordinaire is to be honoured in the first ever exhibition of the 'Mackenzie Collection'.  Colin Mackenzie was born in Stornoway in 1754 and became the Surveyor General of India, travelling the subcontinent and building an extraordinary collection of objects.  The exhibition will be selected from stone figures, drawings and sketches, maps, coins, and incredibly old palm leaf manuscripts. The exhibits will be on loan from the British Museum, The British Library and the V&A, and exhibited at Museum nan Eilean at Lews Castle from 11th August. Nick Smith, Heritage Manager at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar said "It is extraordinary to think that this important collection has never been shown in Stornoway, Colin Mackenzie's home town. The high quality exhibition space at Lews Castle means we now have the opportunity to bring some of this collection to Stornoway for the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike."
 
First cup of season to Point
Point Football Club secured the first silverware of the island season on Friday evening, a single goal at Goathill enough to defeat Westside in the Acres Boys Club cup final. It’s the 8th time Point have taken the ABC cup home – a record for the club.