News round-up / Charity changes name, MSPs concerned over left luggage closure, police investigate vandalism

LOCAL charity Disability Shetland has changed its name to Ability Shetland.

The move was formally made after its AGM on Monday night.

The charity said the change of name – designed to focus on “what you can do” – had been on the cards for a number of years.

The ‘dis’ part of the name had already been scratched out on the charity’s logo.

Ability Shetland “supports the efforts of disabled people to realise their full potential in all areas of life”.

A video, meanwhile, about the charity’s progress last year has been upload online. Watch the clip below.

SHETLAND MSP Beatrice Wishart and her Orkney counterpart Liam McArthur have called for a “workable solution” to the closure of the left luggage room at Aberdeen railway station.

The facility, popular with islanders, will be withdrawn from 12 October.

Wishart and McArthur have written to operator Abellio to “urge a rethink on the decision”.


Abellio responded saying that it is exploring the possibility of working with a retailer to provide a left luggage facility as part of the redevelopment of the train station.

McArthur said: “Abellio claim they will look to have discussions with local retailers to see if an alternative left luggage service can be put in place.

“There is no detail of when this might happen or where it would be located. Surely it makes more sense to reach agreement on alternative arrangements before deciding to pull the plug on the current facility.

“Even at this late stage, we hope Abellio will agree to review this decision and take steps to minimise any impact on islanders.”

POLICE are looking for information after reports of a car being vandalised on Burgh Road in Lerwick at the weekend.

The grey Volvo suffered a large scratch on the front passenger side at some point between 7pm on Friday and 9am on Saturday.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland in Shetland on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111. Alternatively they can attend at Lerwick Police Station, quoting reference number NL1218/19/

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