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Orkney sends condolences to Norway following “horrific” attacks

Orkney Islands Council convener, Councillor Stephen Hagan, has sent a letter to the Norwegian Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg, expressing sincere condolences after the horrific attacks in Oslo and Utoeya Island.

Councillor Hagan stated: “The bonds of friendship between Orkney and Norway were established long ago and continue strongly to this day. The thoughts and sympathies of the people of Orkney are with our Norwegian friends at this tragic time.”

Other messages of sympathy have been sent to Norway from Orkney’s Lord Lieutenant, Dr Tony Trickett, Orkney MP, Alistair Carmichael and Orkney MSP, Liam McArthur, among others.

Anders Behring Breivik, 32, is due to make his first appearance in court today, Monday, in connection with a bombing in Oslo, and a massacre on an island youth camp in which at least 93 people died.