Weekend emergency services

SHETLAND’S emergency services were kept busy over the weekend with a power cut, a fire on a boat in Lerwick harbour and a handful of drink related offences.

Scottish & Southern Energy had to call out their engineers on Sunday morning to repair a fault to the high voltage cable in the south mainland that left 125 homes without power from around 10am.

By yesterday evening 80 homes had spent almost the entire day without electricity, but SSE pledged to have them reconnected by 10pm.

On Saturday evening Lerwick fire brigade were called out to deal with a fire in an oxyacetylene cylinder on board the salmon workboat Johanne G berthed in Morrison Dock.

Two appliances attended and used a hose reel jet and a ground monitor to extinguish the blaze, which began shortly after 7pm.

On Friday a 28 year old was issued with a fixed penalty for drinking alcohol in Commercial Street in contravention of the town’s bye law against drinking in a public place.

In the early hours of Saturday morning an 18 year old was issued with a fixed penalty for urinating in Commercial Street.

And on Saturday morning a 53 year old was arrested in the East Burrafirth area, north of Aith, for drink driving. A report has been sent to the procurator fiscal.

Meanwhile police are warning folk about cold callers alleging to be from software giant Microsoft offering to repair apparent faults on their computers.

After agreeing on a fee, the caller then talks the customer through a process to allow them access to their computer and thereafter carry out work on the computer.

Police are urging people not to allow anyone access to their computers. They say that whilst some of individuals may do nothing more sinister than remove temporary files, allowing unknown persons access to your computer can be very risky and could result in them obtaining personal and financial details.

“If receiving such a call, members of the public are advised to politely refuse the services,” a spokesman said.

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