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Another Whalsay skipper charged

AN ELEVENTH fishing skipper has been charged in relation to alleged illegal fish landings at the Shetland Catch fish processing factory in Lerwick five years ago.

On Thursday 54 year old George Anderson, skipper of the Whalsay pelagic trawler Adenia, appeared in private at Lerwick Sheriff Court charged with fraud.

He made no plea or declaration, was committed for further examination and released on bail.

In January three other Whalsay pelagic skippers were charged in relation to the same case along with the skipper of a Fraserburgh trawler, while in June six more Shetland skippers and one more from Fraserburgh were also charged.

Also appearing in private last January were the current and former managing directors of the Shetland catch factory Simon Leiper and Derek Leask.

The charges follow a major police and fisheries investigation which resulted in a police raid on the factory in September 2005.