A man, reported missing from his home in Staffin, has been in phone contact with his family.

40 year-old DJ Macleod has told his family that he is safe.  

Local police enquiries continue.

 

Two girls, aged 8 and 5, have been reported missing.

The girls have previously been known to camp with their father in the West coast area, Skye and Fort William.

Grace Elizabeth McKinney (8) and Kara McKinney (5) are thought to be travelling with their father Michael McKinney, his girlfriend Martina and Woody (3). They are travelling in a cream coloured Eldis Autoquest Motorhome H36 PBO.

Officers are eager to trace Grace and Kara in order to confirm their wellbeing.

Grace and Kara were last known to be in the Aylth area.

Grace is described as 4’10” slim with red/auburn hair and Kara is 4’0” with red/auburn hair.

If you have any information which may assist Police in tracing Grace and Kara please contact Police Scotland on 101 and quote incident number 3165 11/08/17 or approach any police Scotland Officer.

Concerns have been raised for the wellbeing of missing man.

40 year-old Donald John Macleod, known as DJ, has been reported as missing from his home in Staffin.

Local police have asked anyone with information to call 101.

A man was rescued from the water - but it was only a demonstration during Portree Lifeboat Open Day today (Saturday 12 August.)

The Open Day, held at Portree Harbour, enabled members of the public to venture aboard and explore the lifeboat.  

Getting to meet the crew, seeing the bottle stall and throwing wet sponges were all part of the day's entertainment.  

In 2016, it cost £177.3 million to run the RNLI - money is raised by help and donations from the general public. 

 

 

An isolated outbreak of Bovine TB is a cause for concern for crofting and farming communities in the area says Angus MacNeil MP, SNP Shadow Spokesperson for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Mr MacNeil said: "This is a developing situation and while a cause for concern Scotland has an excellent record in dealing with such isolated outbreaks. Scotland has been officially 'TB free' since 2009 and it is important to all in the industry that we keep this valuable status.

 

"I am certain that the Scottish Government is doing everything in its power to contain the risk and will support any crofters or farmers affected through what must be a worrying and difficult time."

The Scottish Government confirmed the outbreak and said its source was unknown.

A government spokesman said: “An outbreak of bovine TB has been confirmed in a herd of cattle on Skye.

“The infected herd is currently under restriction whilst further testing is undertaken.

“The source of the infection is under investigation.”

The full results for the Isle of Skye Highland Games 2017 can be found below.

The Games were held on Wednesday 9 August.

A walker was rescued near Peinachorrain yesterday evening (Thursday 10 August.)

The female walker had been unprepared for the weather and was stuck on a rock.

Local police, Skye Mountain Rescue and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency were in the Braes area, with the helicopter overhead, in order to assist the walker.  

The casualty required no onward assistance and was handed over to the care of Police Scotland.

 

 

Kate Forbes MSP has said she is encouraged by the progress of plans for tourism on Skye, after a meeting with tourism group SkyeConnect and local councillors. 

Speaking after a meeting in Portree on Monday 7 August with SkyeConnect and Highland Councillors, the constituency MSP added that it was encouraging that stakeholders involved in tourism were working together for the good of the island. 

In June, SkyeConnect chair Shirley Spear was one of the guest speakers at the first of a series meetings organised by Kate Forbes MSP, which was the beginning of a process to identify and find solutions to the pressures on the island caused by increases in tourism.

Kate Forbes MSP said: “Skye is facing big challenges – and opportunities – right now, and I'm very thankful to the team behind SkyeConnect and our Highland Councillors for their work thus far. 

“I share people’s frustrations over the summer months but the key is uniting as a group with a plan for the island. 

“I was pleased to meet again with SkyeConnect and local Councillors, and hear about the progress we are making. I can assure everybody that we are working extremely hard to make progress so that there are significant changes for next summer. 

“This work is running parallel to other initiatives, particularly those led by local groups like Staffin Community Trust, and I also have sought the help of Cabinet Secretary for Tourism, Fiona Hyslop. 

“If we can each do our bit and work together for a common purpose of relieving the pressures on Skye then we will be successful.”

The meeting was also attended by Skye’s local councillors. 

Three vehicles were damaged on the Isle of Skye last month.

The vehicles were parked at the ferry terminal in Uig between Saturday 29 July and Sunday 30 July when the damage was caused.

Local police have requested that anyone with information call 101.

A petition to reconsider the location for an abattoir in Portree has been formed.

In March 2016, the Highland Council approved plans for the abattoir and incinerator at 3 Leasgeary Road and stated that: "The proposals accord with the provisions of the Development Plan and there are no materials considerations which would warrant refusal of the application."

However, concerns have been raised by members of the public regarding the intended location.

Whilst recognising the need for an abattoir, the petition states that the intended site is close to residential housing and near a busy route for school children and dog walkers.  

An environmental noise assessment was undertaken to assess the potential impact of noise emissions from the proposed micro abattoir.  Atmos Consulting Team produced a noise propagation model to predict the noise immission levels at identified assessment locations attributable to the associated heat pumps and heat recovery system.  At all receptor locations, the rating level was predicted to be lower than the background sound level during both the daytime and night-time period.

The petition has 270 signatures at the time of writing on Thursday 10 August.  It can be viewed here.  The full application for the micro abattoir can be viewed at the Highland Council Planning website here.