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FREIGHT distribution company Menzies has announced it is pulling out of Shetland and Orkney at the end of this month.

In a letter to customers, it said all of its transport activity and warehouse operations in the islands will transfer to Streamline on 1 January.

Menzies said it is restructuring its business to focus on profitable parts of its operations, which did not include its activities in the Northern Isles.

It has been operating in Shetland since it bought JBT Distribution in the summer of 2021.

A TWENTY nine year old man has been remanded in custody after appearing again in court charged with assault to severe injury, danger of life and attempted murder.

Tyler Kidd, of no fixed abode, also faced a charge of abduction and having an article with a blade, or that is sharply pointed, in public.

the 29-year old made no plea on the three charges when he appeared at Lerwick Sheriff Court from custody in private on Friday.

Kidd was fully committed for trial.

The old swimming pool cark park in Lerwick. Photo: Shetland News

CONCERNS were raised over what impact a possible redevelopment of the Lerwick Lanes area could have on parking.

The matter was brought to a meeting of the Association of Shetland Community Councils on Thursday night by the Gulberwick, Quarff and Cunningsburgh Community Council.

Some members were keen to see the same number of car parking spaces preserved.

But the end result was encouragement for people to fill in an online survey recently launched as part of a community consultation.

Council convener Andrea Manson. Photo: Hans J Marter/Shetland News

SIC convener Andrea Manson has reflected on the principles of fundamental human rights ahead of the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Sunday (10 December).

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The declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948, setting out fundamental human rights to be universally protected.

Manson said: “It is important that we stand up for our own rights and those of others. Conflicts across the world – such as those in Ukraine, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Gaza – teach us that whenever and wherever humanity’s values are abandoned, we are all at greater risk.

“Nelson Mandela once said that ‘To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity’ – something we should all bear in mind – every day of the year.”

DUNROSSNESS Baptist Church is hosting a ‘Christmas Unwrapped’ event in the church on Sunday 10 December from 11am.

Organisers say it will be an informal event for the whole community and for all ages with carols, cake and fun.

On Christmas Eve the church will be open for a community carol service at 7.30pm followed by tea, coffee and Christmas treats.

The following day a short service will commence at 10.30am to celebrate Christmas Day.

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