Local News for Wednesday 10th May 2017

Charlie Barleys latest in award finals
After the success of North Harbour Bistro in the weekend’s Scottish Food Awards, yesterday brought news that Charles Macleod of Stornoway has been named as one of eight Scottish finalists in a new award scheme launched by foodie magazine Delicious. Charlie Barley’s Stornoway black pudding is named alongside grass-fed beef from Fife and raspberry gin from Kirriemuir as a possible Scottish winner, with regional and national finalists to be judged in London in July by some of the top names in the food industry.  Delicious magazine’s editor Karen Barnes said: “We want to celebrate producers and artisans who are committed to quality and heritage. We aim to give a voice to the quiet heroes of the food world“.

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Local News for Tuesday 9th May 2017

Major search op ends well
A major coastal search ended happily when a missing man was found sitting on rocks at Tiumpanhead last week. Police were alerted at 5am on Friday when a 41-year-old man was reported missing in the area. Coastguard volunteer teams from Stornoway, South Lochs, Ness and Bragar were called out, while both Stornoway Lifeboat and Coastguard helicopter R948 were tasked to search the cliffs around Tiumpan. Hebrides Mountain Rescue Team was also called to assist. The missing man was spotted by the helicopter team sitting on rocks at the water’s edge, on the south side of Tiumpanhead, and a group of coastguard volunteers assisted him to return up the coastal path, where he was passed into the care of police.

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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.

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Local News for Friday 5th May 2017

Counting for councillors this morning
Votes are being counted at Lewis Sports Centre from 9am this morning in the local election, which will see 31 councillors elected as the new representatives on Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. For new councillors, training in the role begins on Tuesday next week, and the first round of committees and full council meetings, at which the new council leader and committee chairs will be elected, are the following week. We’ll carry the results of the election between 4.30pm and 5pm this afternoon as part of Behind the Headlines, with Annie Delin.

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Local News for Thursday 4th May 2017

Polls open in Council Elections
The polls are now open in the 2017 local authority elections, with candidates waiting to see who islanders will choose to represent them for the next five years as councillors.  MP Angus MacNeil and MSP Alasdair Allan are encouraging people to use their vote – whichever way their voting preference lies. Mr MacNeil said: “It is very important that people come out and vote in the council elections. I would encourage them to rank all candidates in order of preference and I would advise them to use all numbers so that their vote holds value throughout the process”. Alasdair Allan added: "The Comhairle is the biggest employer in the islands, and a huge provider of public services locally. Voting in the council election matters, and I would encourage people to turn out.” There’s been one last-minute change to the polling stations for today. As the Tolsta Community Hall is temporarily unavailable, the polling station has been changed to Tolsta Community Development Limited, which is just across the car park from the Hall. Signage is in place to direct voters. Votes will be counted from 9am tomorrow at Lewis Sports Centre, with results announced through the day on social media. Isles FM will have all available results on Behind the Headlines from 4pm tomorrow afternoon.

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