Also in the news / Court appearance, hotel refurbishment and more…

A MAN appeared from custody in private at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Friday on a number of road traffic charges.

James Leaper, 28, whose address was given as Shetland, also faced charges of culpable and reckless conduct, and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

He made no plea, was committed for further examination and released on bail.

A “MAJOR refurbishment” is planned at the Shetland Hotel in Lerwick to create a new lounge bar area.

Robert Smith, from hotel owner Brudolff, said the hope is to carry out the work in the first quarter of the next year.

He said the existing lounge bar off reception is “underused, and we feel the time is right to do a major refurbishment”.

Smith said designers have “come up with a fantastic design for a new club lounge area at the Shetland Hotel, utilising space from the function room next door, and turning the space into a ‘Malmaison’ style club lounge”.


He suggested it will be a “great space for residents, diners in the waterfront bar and grill, and locals looking for an upmarket place for a cocktail or drinks”.

A GLASGOW band with Shetland connections have released their new single.

Hound, who feature islander Zack Manson, have released the track Holding Out.

It is the first song to be released for their upcoming EP, which is out on 20 October.

The group draw influence from acts such as Weezer, Pavement and Parquet Courts.

Speaking about Holding Out, guitarist and vocalist Manson said: “It’s about wanting to leave town [and] change up my life, but then realising how much Glasgow and the people here are home to me.”

FOLLOWING recent confirmation of avian flu in a dead bird found in Shetland’s South Mainland, people are being asked to report online if they find any large numbers of dead birds.

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A great black backed gull was collected from Quendale Beach on 26 September and has since tested positive for the H5N1 High Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) virus, more commonly known as avian flu or bird flu.

Anyone finding a single dead bird of prey, three dead gulls or wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or five or more dead wild birds of any other species, should report this online or call the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77.

A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone remains in place around a premises near Tingwall, following confirmation of the HPAI virus on 15 September.

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