Local News for Monday 16th May 2016
Google translate scammers
Email scammers have targeted the Western Isles with a message written in Gaelic, according to reports. The email comes from Italy and claims to be from an African man whose father has been poisoned. Police said the message seemed to have been written using the online translation tool, Google Translate, which has only had Gaelic available since February. Some islanders in Benbecula who received the message said the Gaelic was ‘poor’.
A 21-year-old man will appear in court today after an incident of disorder at The Acres hostel on Island Road in Stornoway, where he was brandishing a pool cue. The man, whose been in custody since the incident at 8pm on Friday, is charged with breach of the peace and breach of bail conditions.
A man aged 58 was detained by police at the Co-Op store on Macaulay Road at 1.30pm on Saturday, after he was seen to leave the store with alcohol taken without paying. He’s been charged with theft by shoplifting and was released on an undertaking to appear in court at a later date.
At 2am on Sunday a 23-year-old man was arrested on North Beach Street in Stornoway, and was charged with breach of the peace. He was released from custody when sober after receiving a recorded police warning.
First round games in the Highlands Amateur Cup were played at the weekend, with island teams pitted against each other before games against mainland teams in the second round. On Friday evening Back beat Carloway 1-0, and will be away to Ardersier in the second round on June 4th. On Saturday Aths beat Southend 4-1 at Goathill, and will travel to Castletown on June 4th, and Lochs travelled to Linaclete to beat Benbecula 1-nil. They’ll have the only home second round draw on June 4th against Merkinch. Saturday’s game between Point and Ness was postponed due to a bereavement, so there are still first round games to play next Friday at Garrabost between Point and Ness, and at Westside against Iochdar Saints. Tonight’s only match is a Jock Stein Cup tie at Lochs against Westside, kick-off at 7pm.
Road surfacing at Inverness
If you’re travelling to the mainland, be aware that carriageway resurfacing on the A9 Raigmore to Longman in Inverness was due to start yesterday, and will continue until May 26th. The roadworks will be carried out overnight from 7pm to 6.30am , when traffic lights and a 10mph convoy system will be in place on the northbound carriageway, while the northbound on-slip at the Raigmore Junction will be closed each night and a signed diversion in place. During the day a 30mph speed limit will remain in place, as traffic will be travelling over a temporary road surface.