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News round-up / Police investigate graffiti, legislation to ban plastic, Business Gateway anniversary, funding workshop and eco-flag for Cullivoe

POLICE are investigating a report of graffiti on the Whitedale Youth Club.

The incident is believed to have taken place between the evening of Wednesday 19 June and 5.30pm the following day.

Police have now issued an appeal for information to assist them with identifying three youths that were observed in the area during this time.

Anyone with information regarding the incident can contact the local police force on telephone 101 or by using the Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or online.

NORTHERN Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has brought forward legislation that would force UK Government to take meaningful action to end plastic pollution in the oceans by 2042.

If adopted by parliament the bill would also require ministers to draw up and publish a strategy for eliminating plastic pollution as well as setting up statutory targets to eliminate waste from non-essential single-use plastic by 2025.

The bill has been backed by a cross-party group of MPs as well as Friends of the Earth and the Women’s Institute.

Carmichael said: “Plastic pollution is the scourge of our oceans. The government must start taking action to reduce our plastic to change our throwaway culture. The answer will need international cooperation but the UK can give a lead for other countries to follow.

“Fishing plastic debris is a significant contributor – with gillnet fishing one of the biggest problem areas. Government need to have a better response and a clearer plan to deal with this crisis in our seas, to protect our natural environment.”

BUSINESS Gateway, the business advice network delivered through local authorities, has contributed to the creation and safeguarding of over 300 jobs in Shetland since its creation in 2009.

Marking its 10th anniversary the organisation also revealed that it had supported 250 start-ups locally.

Senior development officer Neil Henderson said: “The key benefit of Business Gateway has been to provide a highly visible support mechanism and structured approach to dealing with business-related enquiries, from initial business start-up through to well established businesses looking to address strategy going forward.

“From a personal perspective, it has been incredibly satisfying to see how we have grown the service over the last 10 years and to hear the positive feedback from businesses.”

For further information about how Business Gateway can help, visit www.bgateway.com

SMALL charities and community groups in Shetland are invited to a free funding workshop held by the People’s Postcode Lottery.

The half-day workshop will provide advice on applying for grant funding and will also provide a platform to share experiences with others. The event will be hosted by isles MP Alistair Carmichael.

The workshop will look at three charitable, grant-giving trusts funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery – People’s Postcode Trust, Postcode Community Trust and Postcode Local Trust.

Carmichael said: “Many local projects have been made possible thanks to funds raised by their players, and I am keen to see many more successful applications in future.”

The workshop will take place from 9.30am until noon on Thursday 11 July at Islesburgh Community Centre, in Lerwick. To attend, contact funding@postcodelottery.co.uk

Cullivoe primary school bairns celebrating winning the eco-flag. Photo: SIC

CULLIVOE Primary School has received the eco-schools green flag award from environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Eco-Schools Scotland aims to make environmental awareness and action an intrinsic part of the life and ethos of all schools.

Head teacher Claire Lawson said: “This award is a fantastic achievement for our pupils, staff and for the wider community. Our eco work is embedded in our curriculum and our children are proud to be global citizens.”

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