Local News for Monday 28th March 2016
Police appeal on attack
Police in Stornoway are appealing for information following a serious assault that happened in the Kenneth Street area at around 2:30am on Sunday. The assault happened outside the An Lanntair arts centre, where a 23-year-old man was assaulted by three men. One of the men was wearing a blue top. The victim suffered cuts to his face and was taken to Western Isles hospital where he was released after treatment. Anyone who witnessed the assault or who has information that could help police with enquiries is asked to call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.
A gill net which was set on the shoreline at Grasa Bhig in Uig has been removed by police, and a black-throated diver released from where it was entrapped in the net. The net was set illegally to catch migrating fish and those responsible have committed an offence under the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act. Anyone who has seen people, vehicles or a boat in that are over the past few weeks is asked to contact police on the non-emergency number 101.
A 25-year-old man was arrested on Point Street around 2am on Sunday where he was causing a breach of the peace. He was taken into custody and charged, and released when sober with a fixed penalty.
Police were called to an address in Macmillan Brae at 5.45am on Sunday, where there was an incident of disorder. Two men aged 22 and 24 were arrested and will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal.
Bikers’ Easter Rally
Big-hearted bikers made Easter a happy one for many when they carried out their Easter ride-out through Stornoway to deliver Easter eggs to the Eilean Siar foodbank on Saturday. Town supermarket Tesco had been collecting contributions and Lewis and Harris Motorcyclists decided to help with the deliveries, and to bring their own donations. Over 20 crates of Easter eggs and other goodies went to the Eilean Siar foodbank. A spokesman for Eilean Siar foodbank said: “Many, many thanks to Tesco’s and especially their customers and the Lewis and Harris Motorcyclists for the generosity shown to the Foodbank with the Easter Egg Appeal. We've been blown away by the response!” In response, bikers’ organiser Rachel Craig said: “We were so pleased with the turn-out and more than happy to help, bigger and better next year we hope!” Although it's a bank holiday weekend, Eilean Siar Foodbank will be open as normal today from 11am- 2pm.
Social media spat over Trump
A social media spat has broken out this weekend as islanders reacted to a Facebook paged titled “The Isle of Llewis supports Donald Trump”. Many social media users responded angrily that the page did not represent islanders’ views, and yesterday a protest page “The Isle of Lewis DOES NOT support Donald Trump” was set up, fielding three times as many supporters in a matter of hours.
Stornoway Rugby Club played a very hard fought game on Saturday in terrible conditions, but the result of Stornoway’s 5 points to Aberdeen Wanderers 20 took them to the bottom position in the league. They’re now in danger of relegation next season to the BT Caledonia league division 3 north. As in earlier weeks, players gave it all, with heart, grit, determination and desire not to give in. After the match a club spokesman said: “With today's game being the last home game of the season it's been quite the season and without a doubt our best supported season yet. We thank every one of you for the support shown to the squad in all sorts of conditions throughout the season. Our survival now relies on a win away to Shetland in two weeks’ time, which is probably the club’s biggest game to date”.
Camanachd Leòdhais suffered yet another narrow defeat at the hands of Boleskine on Saturday, ultimately going down by two goals to one in a tightly contested and exciting affair. Jamie Matheson gave Boleskine the lead after 33 minutes before bagging his second of the game on the hour mark. Much like last week, Lewis left it late before getting on the scoresheet, with Eòghan Stewart netting his first of the season a few minutes from time. This Saturday, Lewis will travel to Grantown-on-Spey to take on Strathspey. Both sides will be looking to notch their first points of the season.
Stornoway Runing and Athletics Club had a cross-country trip down to Uist on Saturday, with an excellent day out for all competitors on a varied course of sand and machair. There were some great cross-country performances and results in Uist across the age groups, and the club thanked to all at North Uist and South Uist Athletics Clubs for their welcome to a great event.