Police are appealing for information after one of the arch windows of the East Mainland Church, in Holm, was damaged on Saturday.

According to a spokesman the incident occurred between 11.30am and 2pm.

Anyone with information is asked to call Kirkwall police station, via 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

The scene at the Pickaquoy Centre on Monday morning. (Picture: theorcadianphotos.co.uk)

The scene at the Pickaquoy Centre on Monday morning.
(Picture: theorcadianphotos.co.uk)

Orkney Islands Council is continuing to work with the Pickaquoy Centre and other partner agencies to deal with the oil which has leaked within the grounds of the centre.

A leak in an oil pipe was identified at the Pickaquoy Centre last week.

The OIC says that to remove the oil, ground water is being treated on site, prior to being discharged to the surface drainage.

As the surface drains run to the Peedie Sea, extra measures have been put in place by OIC Marine Services at the outfall – namely absorbent pads and booms to ensure that there is no contamination risk to the Peedie Sea.

A statement on the issue went on to say: “The oil itself is being captured in a tank and will be disposed of through licensed facilities. This work will be carried out until council officers are satisfied that the site is clear.”

Longhope Lifeboat. (Picture: Craig Taylor)

Longhope Lifeboat.
(Picture: Craig Taylor)

Longhope Lifeboat was called out shortly before midnight on Saturday to rescue a small vessel with engine problems in Scapa Flow.

The lifeboat was launched at 11.30 pm, just seven minutes after the crew pagers went off, with the crew locating the 14-16 foot vessel, with two people on board, in an area to the north of Hunda.

A tow was established just after midnight, with the lifeboat towing the vessel to Scapa Pier, which was reached an hour later.

The weather at the time of the incident was reported to be  force 3-5 winds, however the sea was described as being choppy in the area.

Acting Coxswain Kenny Budge said: “Due to the small size of the vessel with its associated engine problems, the boat was unable to make way.”

The RNLI said that due to one of the two people onboard the towed vessel being taken ill on reaching Scapa, Coastguard Rescue Team members at Scapa Pier arranged for his admittance to hospital.

The lifeboat was back at station, refuelled and ready for service at 2.30 am.

St Magnus Cathedral will host two services to mark the start of World War One.

St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall

St Magnus Cathedral is taking part in a nationwide independence referendum debate being organised by the Church of Scotland on Wednesday.

At St George’s Tron in Glasgow, finance secretary John Swinney and the Advocate General for Scotland, Rt Hon Lord Wallace of Tankerness QC, will participate in a dialogue – between 7pm and 8.30pm – chaired by the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland Rt Rev John Chalmers.

The cathedral, along with nine other churches across the country, will link up with the debate, which can be viewed, live,  at www.churchofscotland.org.uk


referendumThe deadline for registering to vote in the September 18 independence referendum is a few days away.

People have until midnight on Tuesday, September 2, to register to vote, and 5pm on Wednesday, September 3, to apply for a postal or proxy vote.

Orkney’s counting officer, Alistair Buchan, is stressing the importance of acting now.

He said: “I’d urge voters to be mindful of these deadlines – including the need to obtain, fill out and return forms before the cut-off dates – and to contact the local electoral registration office sooner rather than later if they are unsure about any aspect of their eligibility to vote.”

Everyone registered to vote should now have received their official polling card, with the exception of those registered in recent weeks – these polling cards will be issued soon after the next electoral register updates.

Anyone with concerns should contact the electoral registration office on 876222 as soon as possible.


Around 180 of the county’s new secondary pupils will take part in Orkney’s annual safety awareness event next week.

“Safe Islander” is an educational activity programme for S1 pupils aimed at developing the life skills needed to keep themselves and others safe in the future.

This year’s event, at Kirkwall Grammar School, will see pupils from Stromness Academy, Kirkwall Grammar School, Stronsay and Westray Junior High Schools taking part. Based on the principle of “learning by doing”, the youngsters will be put through a series of simulated “danger” scenarios situations under the supervision of experts.

Orkney Islands Councillor, Andrew Drever, is the chairmain of the Orkney Road Safety Forum will formally open the event.

He said: “Young people take a big step up in terms of independence as they enter secondary school.

“With that comes exposure to new and different experiences, so this is absolutely the right time to be exercising their ability to recognise and react appropriately to risky situations.”

Among the topics being covered are fire safety, the dangers of alcohol and online safety.


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