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AN ENGINEER’s “badly judged overtaking manoeuvre” has cost him his licence through the penalty points totting-up system.

William Edison, of Church Road, Tranmere, previously admitted driving a van without due care or attention on the A970 near to the Lang Kames on 19 May 2016.

The 40 year old failed to keep a proper lookout and entered the opposing carriageway when it was unsafe to do so, causing a car to take evasive action to avoid a collision.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said the incident was simply a moment of bad judgment.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said his client thought there was a gap to allow him to overtake.

Sheriff Philip Mann gave Edison five penalty points, which meant he received a six-month disqualification because he had passed the 12-point threshold.

The sheriff also fined him £400.


A WOMAN from Sandwick has been given three penalty points and a fine of £150 after driving at 48mph in a 20mph outside of Cunningsburgh Primary School earlier this year.

Ashley Williamson, of Brakefield Road, pled guilty to the offence, which took place on 16 February, when she appeared at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said the 24-year old hadn’t noticed the flashing lights indicating the 20mph limit.


A WOMAN from Lerwick banned from looking after dogs who was spotted by police taking a Staffordshire bull terrier for a walk because she felt it looked “depressed” has been given unpaid work.

Violet Robertson, of Norgaet, admitted at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday to having in her custody a dog on the town’s Ladies Drive on 15 February.

The 44 year old had been disqualified in July 2014 from having custody of a dog for three years.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said Robertson told police she took the dog out because she felt it was being “neglected” by her son.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said his client decided to take Sasha the dog out for some fresh air because it was “breaking her heart” that the animal was looking “depressed” from a lack of attention.

He said there were no welfare concerns over the dog and it wasn’t being underfed.

Sheriff Philip Mann said while Robertson “isn’t alone in having deep love for dogs”, she has to understand that she can’t breach court orders.

He gave her 70 hours of unpaid work to complete and warned her that failing to comply with the order could result in her being sent to custody.