The change comes in response to difficulties in recruiting a sufficient number of local people with the right skills.
SECURITY firm G4S has been accused of being in breach of contract when they delivered a prisoner two and half hours late for an appearance at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday.
Sheriff Philip Mann expressed his displeasure when proceedings were held up without the court having been notified that prisoner Jason Pottinger would only be arriving on a later flight.
On Wednesday, one day after the last part of the current series was broadcast on BBC1, the cooperation announced that it had commissioned further episodes.
At present she is the only local athlete to have made it into Team Scotland.
A LERWICK man who broke into the same shop he was jailed for breaking into last year was sent back to prison for eight months at the town’s sheriff court on Thursday.
Iain Tulloch, aged 44, of 4 Harbour Street, was caught by CCTV cameras that filmed him rummaging through Home Furnishings on Lerwick’s Commercial Road on 24 December last year.
The court heard how Tulloch covered his face and used a ladder to reach a side window which he broke to enter the premises before checking the till, which was empty of cash, and then removing the disc from the CCTV camera.
A LERWICK man who invested his inheritance in heroin to smuggle it back into Shetland to profit from its sale was jailed for three years at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Thursday.
Andrew Gibson, of 41 Hoofields, pled guilty to being concerned in the supply of the Class A drug when he was arrested by police acting on a tip off after he came off the ferry from Aberdeen at Holmsgarth Road on 7 February.
Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie told the court the 36 year old had embarked on “an entrepreneurial gambit” after inheriting money, travelled to Ayrshire where he purchased 187 grammes of heroin worth up to £8,000.
A FORMER heroin addict living on the Shetland isle of Yell has been jailed for 10 months after running rampage on two ferries and assaulting crew and passengers while high on drugs and alcohol.
On Thursday 37 year old Darren Gear, of Chalet 2, Ulsta, admitted a string of assault and breach of the peace charges on board the NorthLink ferry Hjaltland as it sailed from Aberdeen to Lerwick on 6 January this year.
He also admitted causing a breach of the peace and vandalising the Yell ferry Daggri three weeks later on 27 January.
Up until now, the Our Islands Our Future campaign run by the three Scottish island councils has attracted very little local debate.
Council leaders from Shetland, Orkney and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are negotiating a better deal for the islands with the governments in Westminster and Holyrood regardless of the outcome of Scottish independence referendum.
The fisheries college is facing an uncertain future due to cuts in the financial support it receives through Shetland Islands Council.
A YOUNG Shetland serial offender is back behind bars after admitting he intended to steal when he was found at a house in the island of Yell, in the early hours of Sunday 6 April.
Jason Pottinger, with an address in the same village at Meadowbank Road, Burravoe, committed the offence while on early release from a previous custodial sentence.
On Wednesday at Lerwick Sheriff Court, Sheriff Philip Mann jailed the 26 year old for 10 weeks for intending to commit theft, and ordered him to serve a further six months from his previous sentence.
Okay, maybe my expectations for the much-trailed Fair Isle two-parter were a tad too high. But come on - the preceding instalment saw a man bludgeoned to death on his wedding night with a salmon hook in a spare room-come shrine to his dead first wife.
A PLANNING application to build a new high school in Lerwick is set to be submitted before the end of the month after the local authority has managed to secure the final plot of land for an undisclosed sum.
Shetland Islands Council's head of children services, Helen Budge, said she was confident that the new £42 million Anderson High School would be ready by August 2016 despite the time it took to negotiate the land sale.
The 37 year old Geordie will perform in Mareel’s 330-seater auditorium on Thursday 11 September as the starting point of his ‘Tangentleman’ tour.
Noble was voted the tenth greatest comic on Channel Four’s 100 greatest stand-ups in 2007, then came 11th on an updated list in 2011. He rose to mainstream popularity through appearances on UK television, including appearances on celebrity quiz shows, bringing him widespread attention.
The first aircraft took off on its inaugural commercial flight from Aberdeen to Sumburgh at 3pm on Monday.
The new planes will boost capacity on the route as they can carry 40 per cent more passengers than the 34-seat current Saab 340 model.
Jan Livingstone will enter her eighth decade in October and decided to set herself an extensive 70 challenges to achieve during the year.
Those challenges include a “Shetland seven” which she hopes to tick off the list during a short visit to the islands between 19 and 23 May.
POLICE in Lerwick are looking for anyone with information to come forward after an attempt was made to break in to the premises of JB Autostore, on North Road, over night from Monday to Tuesday.
Police can be contacted by phoning 101 or anonymously via Crimestopper on 0800 555111 or online at http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/
SENTENCE on a man from Voe who exposed himself in a sexual manner to the local postwoman on two occasions has been deferred for reports.
Rory Dalziel, of Dalesview, Dale, was told that he would also be put on the sex offenders' register.
The 29 year old appeared before Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday admitting intentionally exposing his genitals to the female postie on 10 and 11 December last year.
Last week Shetland hosted the 2nd International St Magnus Conference. This is the biennial, three day international conference organised by the Centre for Nordic Studies, University of the Highlands and Islands.
Its theme was the Northern Isles and the Sea, a celebration of maritime heritage in all its manifold forms. In particular there was a focus on the maritime connections between Shetland and the Nordic world, past and present.
On Tuesday, Shetland Islands Council's planning committee granted local businessman Malcolm Younger planning permission to refurbish St Clement's Hall, in the town's St Olaf Street.
An 18-year-old teenager has been reported to the procurator fiscal for drink driving following a road traffic accident in the early hours of Sunday.
The vehicle with three occupants left the A968 at Wester Scord, four miles north of the village of Voe, at just before 1am.
A female occupant had to be taken to the Gilbert Bain Hospital with minor injuries.
A PETERHEAD fishing boat with six crew on board is being escorted to Kirkwall after starting to take in water east of Orkney on Monday morning.
Shetland Coastguard scrambled the Sumburgh based search and rescue helicopter 102 and launched Kirkwall lifeboat to assist the Tranquility, 20 miles off Stronsay.
The seven-piece collective, who combine "elements of old-school funk, disco, psychedelic and jazz”, will headline the Lerwick Legion on Friday 25 April.
Saturday’s southbound sailing of passenger ferry Hjaltland has been brought forward from 7pm to 4pm as south westerly winds reaching Force 8 and beyond are expected to strike overnight on Friday and continue through Saturday.
A SIKORSKY S-92 helicopter carrying North Sea oil workers to Shetland has been the subject of an investigation after it was forced to return to Shell’s Brent Delta rig after the crew reported “airframe vibration”.
The Bristow operated helicopter was heading for Shetland’s Scatsta airport around 12.15pm on Thursday with workers from Brent Delta and Brent Charlie when the incident occurred.