SHETLAND’s police chief has thanked the community for their patience, understanding and support following two major incidents this week.
A woman, later named as 40-year-old Tracey Walker, was found dead outside a property on Lerwick’s Ladies Drive in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Two people have since been charged with murder.
The same day 84-year-old woman Peggy Griffiths passed away in hospital following a suspected gas explosion in a house in Brae.
Police chief inspector Lindsay Tulloch said: “This past week has seen a number of high profile and tragic incidents in Shetland which we know has had a considerable impact on our island community.
“Incidents such as we have seen this week are extremely rare in Shetland and I would like to place on record our gratitude to local residents who have been incredibly supportive of the police investigations.
“You may see a continued police presence over the coming days, including locally based officers and specialist resources from elsewhere in Scotland, and this is linked to ongoing enquiries.
“Again I would like to thank local residents for their patience and understanding during this period. My sympathy and thoughts are very much with those directly affected and their families.”