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A FORMER Shetland teacher has been found guilty of acting in a lewd, indecent and libidinous manner towards primary pupils more than a decade ago, following a two day trial at Peterhead Sheriff Court.

Forty-one-year-old Steven Tait, with an address in Lytham St Annes, had denied six charges.

The offences took place while he was a probationary teacher at Bell’s Brae Primary School in Lerwick.

On Wednesday, the court heard from six witnesses including former pupils who were young boys at the time, as well as a former deputy head teacher.

This afternoon Tait was unanimously found guilty of each of the six charges. Sentencing has been deferred until 15 April for reports.

This jury trial would normally have called at Lerwick Sheriff Court but due to staffing shortages by prisoner escort agency GEOAmey all island jury trials were transferred to courts on the Scottish mainland.

This order by sheriff principal Derek Pyle was lifted again earlier this month.


BRISTOW Helicopters has confirmed that operations of its S92 aircraft will continue in the UK after one of its S92 search and rescue helicopters was involved in an accident during a training exercise 15 miles west of Bergen in Norway, yesterday (Wednesday).

The company said this morning that one crew member had sadly died while five others have varying injuries.

“Our thoughts are with the crew members and their families who were affected by this accident,” the company said in a statement.

“The company is in the process of providing assistance to family members of those onboard. Our highest priority is to take care of our crew and their family members and provide them with any assistance needed.”


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A BLADE of Nova Innovation’s first underwater generator has gone on show in the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh as an example of Scotland pioneering tidal energy.

The tidal turbine, previously used in the Bluemull Sound, powered some of the infrastructure on nearby Cullivoe Pier and paved the way for the development of the world’s first offshore tidal farm at the same location.

The blade has now gone on display in the Energise exhibition which explores the sources, generation and distribution of energy in Scotland over the last 200 years.

Senior curator Ellie Swinbank said: “The turbine blade is a strong example of Scottish engineering and energy, highlighting our position as world-leaders in tidal energy.

“I hope the exhibit helps to raise awareness of the importance of sustainable energy technologies, inspiring the engineers and innovators of the future.”

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