Local News for Wednesday 22nd August 2018

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan recently visited Trust Housing’s Lewis Street complex in Stornoway to see the installation of a new Wi-Fi system designed to get older people online.

Alasdair Allan commented: “I was delighted to meet with key staff from Trust Housing at Lewis Street sheltered housing, in Stornoway. I heard about the work they do there and the ongoing efforts to expand and improve the excellent services provided at the facility.
Of particular interest is the initiative to introduce Wi-Fi across the complex and encourage internet use by residents. We live in an age where technology allows us to be more easily connected than ever, and it is clear that this has tremendous potential in reducing the isolation that can so often be felt by the elderly and vulnerable. It is encouraging to see this potential being recognised and put to use in the islands”

Stornoway Coastguard Station, located at goat island in the town wishes to issue the following message to the Public: ‘On Saturday 1st September, the Pyrotechnic store at the Coastguard Station in Stornoway will be open between 1000 - 1600 to receive any Time Expired or Unwanted Marine Pyrotechnics from non-commercial organisations / individuals.
Stornoway Coastguard are also encouraging the Public to pass this information on to any friends or colleagues involved with leisure sailing/boating etc who may have items for disposal.
Coastguard Rescue Teams provide a range of specialist technical rescue skills including technical rope rescue which can be utilised both at coastal and inland locations to support partner agencies.
The Stornoway Coastguard Rescue Team is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to respond to those in need.

Police in the Western Isles can confirm that two people have been charged in connection with a series of thefts on South Uist and Benbecula last week.
They are to be reported in connection with incidents at a shop in the Daliburgh area of South Uist and at Benbecula Airport, as well as the theft of a vehicle on South Uist.
The man, 49, and woman, 56, are expected to appear at Lochmaddy Sheriff Court in September.
Inspector Jane Nicolson said: "I would like to pass on our thanks to members of the local community on South Uist who helped with our enquiries.
"We are committed to tackling acquisitive crime and urge anyone with concerns about suspicious activity to call us on 101 or 999 in an emergency."