Local News for Monday 12th September 2016
Community shop manager spared jail
The former manager of Uig Community Shop, Elaine Newton, has been spared a jail sentence after she embezzled nearly £20,000 from the shop and a related trust. Ms Newton was in Stornoway Sheriff court last week to hear her sentence, with Sheriff Valerie Johnston imposing a community service order for her ‘serious breach of trust’. An early guilty plea, and the fact that Newton had sold her house to repay the money, convinced the Sheriff of her remorse, but she faces prison if she doesn’t complete her community service hours. Newton has since left the island.
There’s a lot of ferry disruption this morning as wild overnight conditions and continuing strong winds hit the timetable, with several early day cancellations notified by CalMac yesterday. The first sailings on the Sound of Barra are cancelled, with a review at 8.30am, and the 8am sailing from Castlebay, 7.30am from Tarbert to Uig and the 7am from Lochboisdale to Mallaig were also cancelled. No freight service ran last night between Stornoway and Ullapool. Other services have a heightened possibility of disruption, according to CalMac. We’ll bring you any changes to services as we get them this morning. Winds are expected to be gale force through until mid-morning, with heavy rain continuing even after they ease