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Police / Chief inspector says incidents have had ‘considerable impact’ on community

SHETLAND’s police chief has thanked the community for their patience, understanding and support following two major incidents this week.

Shetland’s chief inspector Lindsay Tulloch. Photo: Shetland News

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.”