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Arts / Jimmy Perez star finds new home outside court

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THE ‘JIMMY Perez star’ is now taking pride of place outside Lerwick Sheriff Court .

The Hollywood style star was first unveiled in 2021 by former Shetland actor Douglas Henshall outside a lodberry at the other side of Lerwick which features in the TV show.

But it was removed at the end of that year following representation from the owner of the famed lodberry, with concerns over safety as well as a lack of consultation.

Shetland Islands Council said after the initial unveiling that the planning service, “after assessing the situation, did not invite an application for consent for the proposed plaque”.

Plans were then submitted back in 2022 to relocate the plaque outside Lerwick Sheriff Court.

The building acts as the exterior of the police station in Shetland.

The idea for the plaque, which honours Henshall and the positive impact the TV show has had on Shetland, came about following a meeting between VisitScotland, the SIC and Living Lerwick.

It was first installed outside the historic seafront lodberry, built in the 1700s, which acted as the home of Henshall’s character Jimmy Perez in the series.

Since then the actor has left the programme, with Ashley Jensen now holding the lead role.

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