A collection tin has been stolen from a caravan park.

The collection tin was for the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team and was located in a caravan park in Corpach.

The theft took place between Friday 21 July and Sunday 23 July.

Anyone with any information is asked to call 101, and cite the reference NP6421/17.

Police in the Highlands are urging businesses to be on their guard against vishing and spoofing fraud after a number of businesses were recently defrauded out of almost £2.5million.

The incidents against a number of businesses occurred between 19 July and 30 July 2017 and happened after companies received calls from individuals claiming to work for their bank using genuine-looking communications. They operate by stating that their account has been compromised and persuade victims to transfer money to a 'safe account' in a number of transactions.

The fraudsters often use spoof numbers, making the call appear as though it is coming from a genuine bank number. It is for this reason police advise that if you call your bank back, you should use a different phone to the one the initial call was received on.

Detective Inspector Iain McPhail from the Economic Crime and Financial Investigation Unit said: "These fraudsters are very convincing and have managed to obtain a significant amount of money from local businesses. We have launched a thorough investigation into these incidents and are working with the companies' relevant banks. Some of the money that companies have lost has been recovered and work is ongoing to try and recover as much money as possible.

"These incidents are devastating for the people that fall victim to the scams. We are urging the public to be on their guard against unsolicited calls and be suspicious if someone reporting to be from your bank requests any of your bank or personal details as they should already have them.

"Always double check numbers you're given to call back on or call through the main customer care number for the organisation and ask to be put through. If you decide to ring back and verify the call it is advisable to do so on a different phone line like another landline or your mobile. If you are still unsure, consider visiting your local branch instead of speaking to someone over the phone."

The Skye and Stornoway NFU Mutual Agencies, as well as SAC Consulting in Portree, will be undertaking a very special challenge this month.

The Great Glen Challenge takes place on 25 August and the companies will be entering two teams.

The companies say: "We are delighted to be participating in this event to raise money for RSABI, a unique charity supporting Scottish Agriculture."

The companies have formed two teams, Team Won and Team Too, and their fundraising page can be viewed here.

Donations placed via this website will be processed by Virgin Money Giving and passed straight to RSABI along with any Gift Aid that may be payable. 

 

 

A Skye businessman has suggested the introduction of a tourist tax as a way of funding more facilities for visitors to the island.

Roger Booth owns a food van at the Quiraing and regularly tidies away litter left there.  He suggested that a charge as small as £1 would help pay for facilities such as public toilets and more car parks.

The Highland Council, said a change in law would be needed for a new tax.

A new Rural Watch service covering Skye, Lochalsh and Lochcarron will be launched on Saturday 5 August.

Police Scotland and NFU Scotland will be launching the service at the Agricultural Show.

Jake Sayles, NFU Senior Agent and Group Secretary, told The Skye Times: "Basically, it'll be a service people can sign up to, so they receive info on rural issues in area. Things like theft/vandalism happening, vehicles acting suspiciously, tips/advice and warnings for anyone in area with property/land/livestock etc."

More information can be obtained from the NFU stand at the Agricultural Show at the King George V Playing Field in Portree. 

 

 

 

Struan's bookshop and cafe is set to reopen after undergoing a change of name and ownership.

Mòr Books and the Windrush Cafe Studio has become Bog Myrtle Skye, owned by Renee Mason, Shaun Stridgeon and their daughter, Matilda.

Renee told The Skye Times the story behind the name, saying: "My paternal Great Grandmother was a Myrtle Macdonald and, as the family history goes, she had a Skye connection.

"I wanted to use the name Myrtle because of the Scottish connection (and because Nanna Myrtle was a character).

"While researching I stumbled across the Bog Myrtle plant. I love the combination of the name (rough and ladylike), and, as it happens, bog myrtle has amazing properties - midge repellant, antibacterial, and was once used as a camphor rub by crofters with a touch of the cold. Eventually we'd like to stock a range of bog myrtle related products.

We have taken on all the books and most of the textiles, but the focus until the end of this season will be developing the cafe."

The family's previous homes include Australia, New Zealand, Spain and China - all of which will influence the direction their menu will take.

Police are urgently trying to trace a 48-year-old man, who is missing from his home in Germany.

Information suggests he may have travelled to the Western isles on Friday 28 July 2017 and may be in the Isle of Lewis, Isle of Harris, the Uists or the Isle of Skye.

Torsten Raimund Kulke is described as being 6 ft 3 inches with a medium build and light brown hair.  

Those with any information can contact officers at Stornoway Police station on 101, quoting incident number NH/2952/17.  Alternatively, information can be anonymously given to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

An open day was held on Raasay to enable farmers and crofters to learn more about local barley trials.

The event was held on Wednesday 26 July.

Locally grown barley could be used to make R&B Distillers' whisky, if growing trials are successful.

R&B Distillers began to trial barley growing on the island in April 2017, using five different barleys.  

The long-term objective is to produce a single malt from 100% local barley, grown on Raasay, Skye and Kyle.  

While acknowledging that this whisky may be only a small percentage of total product, R&B is keen to challenge the limitations of production.  

Anyone planning to travel on the A9 south of Inverness should expect delays, warn police.

A collision occurred involving a canal boat.

The boat was being towed on a trailer when it was involved in the incident near Daviot at about 1.18pm.

Nobody was injured and one lane is now open in each direction.

However, road users are advised to expect disruption in the area as recovery is expected to take some time.

Police are urging businesses in the Highlands to be on their guard following recent reports of fraud commonly referred to as "Ringing the Changes".

This type of fraud involves a person asking a member of staff to exchange a large sum of money for them into notes of smaller denominations or a different currency.

While doing this they deliberately confuse the staff member assisting with the transaction in order to obtain more money than they started with.

Two instances were reported to police at premises in Nethy Bridge and Boat of Garten on Thursday, July 27. Unfortunately two suspects were successful in gaining a three figure sum from one of the businesses.

Two men suspected of carrying out the scam were seen at a business in Boat of Garten at around 2.45pm, having earlier attended in Nethy Bridge.

Enquiries are ongoing and Police are urging businesses to be on their guard against any further suspicious behaviour.

Aviemore-based Sergeant David Cameron said: "All business owners and their staff should be alert and aware to this type of scam. In particular you should watch out for anyone asking for a large sum of money to be exchanged.

"These unscrupulous criminals are employing sleight of hand to leave with more money than they started with and it is possible they will target a busy period which can provide an ideal opportunity to confuse or distract you.

"It is better to be safe than sorry and if you are in any doubt consider asking another colleague for assistance or politely decline the request and notify the Police.

"This type of criminal tends to travel widely employing this scam and I would urge people across the Highlands to be aware of the risk.

"Anyone who has information that could assist with this inquiry is encouraged to contact Police on 101, quoting reference NM5093/17 or any anonymous information can be passed to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111."