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Albert Street cordon lifted

Albert Street in Kirkwall has now been re-opened to traffic and pedestrians, following a temporary closure by emergency services. A section of the road, stretching from the entrance to Laing street as far as the Custom House was cordoned off, earlier this evening. The Orcadian has made contact with police in Kirkwall and with the […]

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Albert Street shut to traffic by emergency services

A section of Albert Street in Kirkwall has been shut to traffic by emergency fire and ambulance services. A cordon stretching from the entrance to Laing street to the Custom House is currently in place. Staff from both the fire and ambulance service are also on the scene. Stay posted for further updates as they […]

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Go behind the scenes at Kirkwall Sheriff Court

This Saturday, Kirkwall Sheriff Court will open its doors to members of the public, allowing folk to take a tour, hear about the history of the building, and even take part in a mock trial. There will be two events at the court — situated at Watergate between the Historic Scotland sites of the Earls […]

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Police appeal after thousands of pounds worth of tools stolen

Police in Kirkwall are appealing for information today, Wednesday, after the theft of thousands of pounds worth of tools from a new house site in Firth. According to police, sometime between the evening of Monday and the morning of Tuesday, this week, entry was forced into the house, which is under construction on the Burness Road. Two local tradesmen had […]

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Young Orkney writer shares her work at national event

A young Orkney writer was given the chance to present her work at a national event, last night, as she took part in Scottish Book Trust’s What’s Your Story showcase. 17-year-old Beth Banerjee-Richards, who lives in Kirkwall, joined some of Scotland’s top teen creatives at the National Library of Scotland for a night of storytelling. She […]

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Missing person safe and well

Police Scotland has said that a missing woman has been spoken to and she is safe and well. Police were concerned for the wellbeing of 21-year-old Courtney Milne who was reported missing from her home address in Kirkwall earlier today.

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Deerness Distillery awarded Spirit Masters silver medals

Two products from Orkney’s Deerness Distillery have been awarded silver medals at the Global Luxury Spirit Masters competition. The distillery received the awards for their Sea Glass Gin and Into the Wild Vodka, with the results of the competition being announced earlier this month, on Thursday, September 7. Managing Director at Deerness Distillery, Stuart Brown […]

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Public warned to be wary of ‘uninvited salespeople’

Trading Standards and Police Scotland have today issued a warning after reports that traders visiting Orkney are offering machinery, tools and other goods for sale. Householders, farmers, and other businesses in the county are being reminded by the council and the police service that doorstep calls from uninvited salespeople are unlikely to result in any […]

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Historic Environment Scotland to extend summer season

Some of Orkney’s best-loved historic attractions will be keeping their doors open for longer this year as Historic Environment Scotland (HES) announced extended seasonal opening at sites across the county. As part of the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, summer-only sites — including three sites in Orkney — will be welcoming visitors until Tuesday, October […]

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New headteacher for Stromness Academy

A new headteacher has been appointed at Stromness Academy. Jane Partridge, who is currently a Deputy Head Teacher at the school, will take up the post in October. Acting Head Teacher Ian Berstan will continue in his role until Jane takes up the reins. Orkney Islands Council’s Executive Director of the Education, Leisure and Housing […]

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