Local News for 25th July 2018
SUMMER DRINK DRIVE CAMPAIGN RESULTS
Eighteen drivers will be reported for offences relating to driving under the influence of drink or drugs in the Highlands and Islands during a recent safety campaign.
Detections were made across the region during the national summer initiative, which ran from Friday, June 29 until Friday, July 13.
During the weekend immediately after this - from Saturday, July 14 until early hours of Monday, July 16 - a further six drivers were stopped with reports to be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal in connection with alleged drink or drug driving.
Of the 18 detections during the period of the campaign, 15 were in relation to drink driving and three alleged drug driving. A total of 281 negative breath tests were also recorded during the campaign period.
Road Policing Inspector Neil Lumsden said: "Every single drink driver is one too many. These recent weeks have shown that a significant number of people think they are above the law and can put others in danger by getting behind the wheel while unfit through drink or drugs. Of particular concern is that more than half of the male drink drivers detected during the campaign were under the age of 25-years-old. The dangers of drink driving are well publicised - you are not only putting your own life and future livelihood at risk but that of every other innocent road user. While this campaign is over, tackling drink driving is a priority for officers in the Highlands and Islands and we will continue to take robust action to remove offenders from the roads. We know that the vast majority of people do not tolerate drink drivers and nor should they have to. You can pass on any information you have by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency, while you can also contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."
POINT’S FUTURE FOOTIE STARS GET HELP FROM PST
One of Point and Sandwick Trust’s biggest local grants of the summer went to Point FC – a total of £3,500 which covered two sets of strips for the Under-13s as well as new goals and footballs, plus souvenirs for the children who took part in the summer football school.
The summer football school was held at Ionad Stoodie on Thursday and Friday afternoon last week (July 19 and 20) and was open to youngsters from across Lewis – and further afield too – although the majority came from the Point area. It was open to boys and girls from primary two to S2, with priority given to the juniors who play on a Thursday night at the Point astroturf. A total of 65 youngsters took part this year – an increase on last year, and prizes were given for the best players, although everyone got a T-shirt and a water bottle at the end as a memento, plus a certificate for taking part.
The help from Point and Sandwick Trust meant that all the money raised from the football school – more than £1,000 after expenses – could go directly to the youth teams and allow them to buy more new equipment, such as bibs and cones, and also help towards the costs of trips away.
All the equipment bought will be using throughout the year at the coaching sessions at Sgoil an Rubha. These sessions are attended by 30 to 40 children each week, ranging in age from P2 to S1.
The Trust got a round of applause from the youngsters at the prize giving ceremony at the end of Friday afternoon, when Point and Sandwick Trust general manager Donald John MacSween helped give out the prizes to the top footballers of the week.
The junior winner was Alexander Macdonald. The middle age group was won by Samuel Maclennan and the overall winner was Daniel Macleod. Donald John said afterwards: “We’re more than happy to help Point FC with the costs of this summer school, and with the costs of buying their equipment and strips.
STORNOWAY IN FULL BLOOM FOR THE SUMMER
Stornoway is in full bloom thanks to a project by the Stornoway Amenity Trust. The Trust, which is a non-profit making organisation, led by a team of volunteers, made it its mission to brighten up the town for the summer. Receiving funds from the Western Isles Lottery has allowed the Trust to fund flower displays in the town centre, Bayhead and as far as Manor Roundabout where new flower beds have been created.
Charlie Nicolson, Chair of the Amenity Trust said: “We are very pleased to have been able to brighten up the town with floral displays for the summer. This has been possible due to funding from the Western Isles Lottery and we hope that the public will continue to support us through the Lottery to allow us to carry out even more projects to improve our town for locals and visitors alike.”
The floral displays were created by Willowglen Garden Centre. The Amenity Trust would like to thank Hebridean Housing Partnership (HHP) for also supporting the project. You can find more information about Western Isles Lottery online at www.westernisleslottery.co.uk