News round-up / Heroin fine, workshop on empowering communities, police seek help

A WOMAN was fined £580 at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Monday for possessing heroin.

Erron Dawn Blance, of Kalliness, Weisdale, admitted possessing the class A drug at her home on 1 February last year.

The 37-year-old appeared from custody after not turning up for a previous hearing and failing to adhere to a warrant.


Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie told the court that police found 1.06 grams of heroin – worth around £106 – in the property after executing a search warrant.

It was clear that the drugs were for personal use, Mackenzie said.

Relating to Blance’s failure to appear previously in court, defence agent Tommy Allan said there seemed to have been a “breakdown in communication” with her solicitors.

He added that Blance had realised it was time to tackle her drug use after being taken into custody on Saturday.

A PUBLIC workshop is being held this evening (Monday) to discuss how people can be more involved in shaping the future for their community.


Cormac Russell from Nurture Development, who is regarded as a leader in the ‘asset based community development’ movement, will lead the workshop at the Islesburgh Community Centre in Lerwick from 5.30pm to 8pm.

Cormac Russell. Photo: George Lullich

Asset based community development is said to be a “way of working which builds on community assets and brings together individuals, community groups and organisations to realise and develop their strengths and potentials”.

The event will tie into the recently launched Shetland Partnership Plan, which aims to tackle quality of life issues in the isles.

It will consider three key questions:


What can communities do that organisations cannot?

What can organisations do that communities cannot?

What can communities do with organisations that neither can do alone?

Shetland Islands Council’s director of corporate services Christine Ferguson said: “The Shetland Partnership is looking to the future and wants to work with people across Shetland so that everyone can be more closely involved in shaping the future for their community.

“This workshop will provide an opportunity to explore how this can be achieved and we look forward to welcoming Cormac Russell to share his experience and stimulate discussion.”

POLICE are looking for information after reports were received of damage being caused to two cars in Lerwick recently.

The first incident saw a car door scratched at some point between 4.15pm and 8.25pm on Saturday 12 January on Mounthooly Street.

Damage was also caused to a black Kia Ceed vehicle at North Lochside between 6.20pm on 15 January and 8.55am the next day.

Anyone with information is asked to phone police on 101, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Alternatively people can attend Lerwick Police Station.