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 Tracy 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.”
Become a supporter of Shetland News
Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.
Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.
Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has over 540 supporters who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.
Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -
- Bring you the headlines as they happen;
- Stay editorially independent;
- Give a voice to the community;
- Grow site traffic further;
- Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.
If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.
Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.Support Shetland News