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
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Local News for Friday 9th September 2016
Public meeting will explain rig plans
A second public meeting explaining plans for the removal of the damaged oil rig Transocean Winner is to be held next week, according to the Secretary of State’s Representative on Maritime and Salvage issues, Hugh Shaw. The open public meeting will be next Tuesday, 13th September at 7.30pm in the Nicolson Institute Assembly Hall. Hugh Shaw will chair the meeting, with representatives from Transocean, SMIT Salvage, Offshore Heavy Transport (OHT) and Marine Scotland. Offshire Heavy Transport is providing a vessel, the OHT Hawk, which will remove the oil rig from Broad Bay as cargo. She’s currently on another mission transporting equipment to Invergordon, and is expected to arrive towards the end of the month. Tuesday’s meeting will include short presentations from all the partners, followed by a opportunity for questions from the floor. Hugh Shaw said: “It has always been our intention to keep the community informed, and this meeting is the latest opportunity to share plans with the people of the island.” Hugh Shaw will also join Annie Delin on Behind the Headlines at 4pm today, with a detailed explanation of the next steps in the rig’s repair and removal.
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