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Hill denies vandalism

SHETLAND independence campaigner Stuart Hill has appeared in Lerwick Sheriff Court to deny a charge of vandalism.

The 73 year old, of Bard View, Ocraquoy, Cunningsburgh, appeared from custody on Wednesday to plead not guilty to the offence, which happened at the North Bridge Stores in Cunningsburgh on Tuesday.

He is accused of removing a secured plyboard sheeting, cutting a padbolt, removing a padlock and causing damage to the building.

Hill will face trial on 23 June, with an intermediate diet set for 24 May.

The pensioner, who was representing himself, was bailed with a number of special conditions.

These include not to contact Lerwick Sheriff Court or the procurator fiscal’s office unless it is for a legitimate purpose.

He is also banned from disrupting court proceedings by refusing to enter the dock or challenging the court’s jurisdiction, for example.

In addition, Hill was ordered not to visit North Bridge Stores.