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Police ‘satisfied’ with Whalsay operation

POLICE in Shetland have confirmed that two men, aged 57 and 21, are to be reported to the procurator fiscal for drug offences following the recovery of cannabis during the search of a number of houses in Whalsay last Friday.

Many in the island community have reacted with unease and criticised the police operation after no traces of drugs were found in most of the places searched.

Sources said that five properties and the boating club were searched by a large contingent of police officers – leaving islanders upset and children scared.

On Thursday, in a short follow-up statement, police in Lerwick said that they did no comment on operational matters but then added that they were “entirely satisfied with actions taken during this particular operation”.

The previous day, Shetland News reported that police had acquired search warrants where there was “reasonable cause to suggest that there was evidence relevant to a crime within the addresses”.

Those warrants were sought on the basis of information provided by the local community and searches were conducted at “a number of addresses”, according to a police spokesman.

“As a result of the warrants executed, two people from two separate addresses were found in possession of controlled drugs and there was further evidence of drugs paraphernalia,” the spokesman said.

“Tackling drug misuse is a priority for police in Shetland and we actively encourage information in this matter from the local community and we will take every opportunity to protect our communities from the misuse of controlled drugs.”

Anyone wishing to make a complaint regarding the actions of police can submit a formal complaint through the police Scotland website. www.scotland.police.uk/secureforms/police-complaints/