Monday, March 25, 2019
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Police Scotland is encouraging residents in the Highlands & Islands to sign up to a free app which provides community alerts of a person with dementia has been reported missing.

Purple Alert was launched by Alzheimer Scotland last year and creates a way of sharing information which could help return vulnerable people home safely.

The app - endorsed by Police Scotland - works best if a number of people in a community have downloaded it in order to share details and possible sighting of the missing person.

The app, which is available on iPhone and Android, uses GPS technology to send an alert to all users within a 30-mile radius.

Sergeant David Campbell, Highlands and Islands Division missing persons co-ordinator, is encouraging people to download Purple Alert during Scottish Missing Persons Week which runs from Monday, May 28 until Sunday, June 3.

A man has died after falling from a cliff at Loch Scavaig on the Isle of Skye.

The unidentified male was walking in the Elgol area when he fell down the steep drop on Wednesday 30 May.

The male casualty was picked up by Mallaig Lifeboat and transferred to Elgol Pier yesterday afternoon but later died.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency received the distress call at 12noon to reports of a man at the bottom of a cliff and the local lifeboat crew, including Portree Coastguard Rescue Team, Police Scotland and Coastguard search and rescue helicopters from both Stornoway and Inverness were dispatched to the scene.

A schedule of turbine blade movements for the last week in May has been published.

A police escort will help move the blades from Broadford Aerodrome, along the A87 and along the A82 at Invergarry and then Fort Augustus.

Travellers are advised to add on an extra 20-30 minutes onto their journey.

A popular Skye restaurant is heading for the bright lights of Glasgow this summer.

Organised by brothers, Calum and Niall Munro, the one-off event will take Scorrybreac restaurant and Skye Live Festival music to Glasgow's old fish market, The Briggait.  

The tasting menu will be both gluten and dairy free and consist of an array of fine produce, all sourced from Skye's natural and abundant larder, and will be served in a banquet style fashion. 

Tickets for the tasting menu will be priced at £50 per head.

The event will be held on Friday July 20 and Saturday July 21.  

More information can be found here.


Local police are attempting to trace the driver of a Ford Focus.

The police describe the car as "light coloured" and possibly an '06 plate.

They say the driver was involved in a road traffic crash on the A87, 1 mile north of Kyleakin.  

According to the police, the crash happened about 5:30pm on Friday 18 May.  No one was injured in the accident.

The Fingal Centre pool in Portree will be closed today (Tuesday 29 May) until further notice.

A pool plant issue has resulted in the closure and all swimming lessons have been cancelled today.  It is hoped to have an update by 5pm this evening.  

To check if the pool is open, call 01478 614 819.


Police Scotland can confirm that a man will be reported in connection with a wildfire on Skye on Sunday 27 May.

Officers worked with partners in the Scottish Fire and Rescue to tackle multiple fires in the Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross areas at the weekend.

The 49-year-old man will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal in relation to a fire near Sligachan on Skye, which was reported to emergency services shortly after 10am and was finally brought under control around 12 hours later.

Police enquiries are ongoing to establish the cause of all of the fires.

Inspector Lynda Allan said: "It is thanks to the tireless work of retained and full-time firefighters that these fires have been brought under control with no injuries or significant damage to property.

Kate Forbes MSP has praised the "sacrifice" of retained firefighters serving in rural areas after tabling a motion recognising their devotion to duty at the Scottish Parliament.

Inverness has the Highlands' only full-time fire station, meaning that stations such as Dingwall, Drumnadrochit, Dunvegan, Fort William and Kingussie all rely on retained firefighters.

The MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch said that many in the general public did not realise that firefighters were holding down other jobs whilst still responding to emergencies at all hours.

Kate Forbes MSP said: "I recently met and spoke to retained firefighters and was amazed at their level of commitment and sacrifice.

"To my shame, I had not fully appreciated how much time and effort that retained firefighters devote to training and responding to emergencies.

A wildfire, which took hold of the Crossal area of Skye, has been extinguished.

A spokeswoman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service told The Skye Times that the crews left the scene by 5pm yesterday (Monday 28 May.)

The wildfire began on 9:51am on Sunday 27 May, devastating the area and necessitating the closure of the road between Sligachan and Drynoch.

A warning for an increased risk of wildfires is in place across Scotland until Thursday, May 31.

Members of the public are being urged to play their part in preventing further potentially devastating fires.

Area Manager Bruce Farquharson, Chair of the Scottish Wildfire Forum, said: "A great many people will be enjoying the outdoors in the good weather this weekend, we urge everyone to make sure that they don’t increase the chance of wildfire – be aware of the risks and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

“Wild and grass fires can start by the careless disposal of cigarettes and barbecues or campfires left unattended.

“They then have the potential to burn for days and devastate vast areas of land, wildlife and threaten the welfare of nearby communities.

A Road Traffic Accident on the A9 Longman Roundabout is causing delays, say Traffic Scotland.

The organisation heard reports of the accident today (8:27 am on Tuesday 29 May) and say it is causing queues in both directions.  

Trunk Road Incident Support Service is currently en route to the scene.  

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