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Lerwick man charged with fire raising

A MAN who celebrated the new year in the Lerwick police cells has been released on bail by the town’s sheriff court after appearing from custody charged with wilful fire raising.

Forty year old Douglas Anderson Preacher, of 22 Laadies Drive, was arrested after fire fighters took 40 minutes to extinguish what was described as “a serious fire” in a first floor flat in the new Da Vadill housing scheme, at Grantfield, Lerwick.

No one was injured in the blaze that began just before midnight on New Year’s Eve, but the flat’s bedroom was completely destroyed while the rest of the flat was affected by smoke.

On Wednesday, Lerwick Sheriff Court confirmed that Preacher had appeared from custody in private on Monday charged with wilful fire raising.

He made no plea or declaration and the case was continued for further examination.