Remanded in custody after deliberate house fire

Two brothers have been remanded in custody after pleading guilty to deliberately starting a fire at a Kirkwall address when they knew there were two men inside the property. Appearing at Kirkwall Sheriff Court today, Wednesday, Christopher Baird, 22, and twenty-year-old Graeme Baird had their sentences deferred for reports to ...

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Orkney add to medal tally at Island Games

Orkney have added to their medal haul at the NatWest Island Games in Jersey this afternoon as Donald Sinclair and Robert Spence claimed another bronze, this time in the NSRA 100 yards prone rifle event. This means that Orkney have now won four medals at the Island Games, two silvers ...

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Inquiry into fatal Westray accident

A fatal accident inquiry has ruled that a Westray farmer died after his quad bike “somersaulted” and landed on top of him. Thomas Shearer died in the Balfour hospital on June 27, 2013, three days after the accident. Sheriff Andrew Berry said the accident could have been avoided had the quad ...

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Rousay rainfall in June highest in 40 years

The rainfall in Rousay last month was 89.7mm — the highest recorded for June 40 years. According to John Vetterlein, June 2004 came close, with 88.9mm. The figure is considerably higher than the average June rainfall over a 42-year period — 61mm. Mr Vetterlein added that the month also saw some ...

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Coastguards called to assist in recovery of injured woman

Two Coastguard Rescue Teams were tasked to be of assistance to an ambulance crew yesterday afternoon who were attending to an injured woman close to Skaill Farm on the West Mainland. Coastguards from both Kirkwall and Stromness teams were called to the incident at 2.15pm.

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Fishing leaders call for isles protection for industry

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Fisheries associations in Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles have combined forces to urge the Scottish Government to protect the industry in the island groups. They are seeking a meeting with Transport and Islands Minister Derek Mackay to present 10 recommendations which the associations say would help secure a future ...

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People v Carmichael petition in Court of Session this week

The petition seeking to overturn the election of Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael during the last UK General Election will be called at the Court of Session this week. A crowd funding appeal — The People Versus Carmichael — was launched after Mr Carmichael admitted, on May 22, that he was responsible for leaking a false memo ...

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