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Police appeal for information following break-in at the Blackstairs Fish Shop, Wick
At around 2045 hours on Tuesday 21 October 2014, the Blackstairs fish shop in Wick was broken in to and items removed.   Police Scotland are keen to speak with anyone with any information about this incident, in particular anyone who saw two males described as follows: The first male is described as being tall and slim, wearing a grey hooded top and grey tracksuit bottoms.  
UPDATE - Body Found - - Police increasingly anxious to trace missing person Mark BurgessThumbnail for article : UPDATE - Body Found - - Police increasingly anxious to trace missing person Mark Burgess
Updated 21 October 2014 Body found in the Alness area identified as missing Wakefield man Mark Burgess Police Scotland can confirm that a body recovered from the Alness area on Monday 20 October 2014 at around 1800 hours has been identified as that of Mark Burgess (58) who had previously been reported missing from the Wakefield area.   Next of kin have been informed and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.  
Bumper Cheque For Caithness Heart Support GroupThumbnail for article : Bumper Cheque For Caithness Heart Support Group
BIG CHEQUE and a sizeable amount to match...that's the sum total of a charity cycling challenge undertaken by Wick riders Arthur Robertson (left) and Willie Macdonald, recently.   The enterprising pair clocked up some 78 miles circling the county in demanding weather conditions, to raise a impressive £2,500 for Caithness Heart Support Group.  
Calling all further education students... win an iPad!Thumbnail for article : Calling all further education students... win an iPad!
As part of a student safety campaign, Police Scotland organised a short questionnaire for further education students, so, if that's you - we'd like your help.   Student life is all about learning, having good fun and building new relationships - but it's also important to stay safe.  
Attempted Robbery THURSO
Police Scotland are investigating an Attempted Robbery at the Fish and Chip Shop on Provost Sinclair Road in Thurso.   The incident occurred about 1615 hours today, Friday 17th October 2014.  
Police appeal for information following damage to a car in Wick
Between 1800 hours on Saturday 4 October and 1330 on Sunday 5 October 2014, a car was deliberately damaged whilst parked at an address on Murray Avenue, Wick, Caithness.   Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to contact Wick Police on 101.  
Youngest Newt surveyor presents his work at Edinburgh Herpetological SymposiumThumbnail for article : Youngest Newt surveyor presents his work at Edinburgh Herpetological Symposium
Young Highlander Callum Ullman-Smith, a pupil Auchtertyre Primary School, is only 12 years old and has been surveying for Palmate Newts (Lissotriton helveticus), Slow Worms and other amphibians and reptiles since he was seven years old.   Recently Callum's time has been taken up with surveying a set of nine rock pools on the shore near Reraig, on Loch Alsh near the Isle of Skye, every month he can, for the past three years.  
Police appeal for information following damage to a Bank ATM in Thurso
Police in Thurso are appealing for information regarding damage caused to the screen of an ATM machine at the Clydesdale Bank in Thurso.  This damage occurred between 1700 hours Friday 10 October and 1220 hours on Sunday 12 October 2014.  
Police appeal for information following reported theft of motorcycle - Wick
Police in Wick are appealing for information in relation to the reported theft of a black and yellow coloured motorcycle from an address at Bremner's Walk, Wick, Caithness between 1700 hours on Saturday 11 October and 2100 hours Monday 13 October 2014 Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information is advised to contact Wick Police on 101.   Information can also be left anonymously by using CRIMESTOPPERS 0800 555111 .  
Councillor Praises Highland Residents For Recycling Figures Thumbnail for article : Councillor Praises Highland Residents For Recycling Figures
The Highland Council recycling rate has reached 45% pushing it up to number 11 in the rankings of the 32 Scottish Local Authorities according to new figures released by SEPA (Scottish Environmental Protection Agency) for 2013.   Councillor Graham MacKenzie, Chair of the Council's Community Services Committee, said: "These latest figures are great news and testament to the commitment of Highland residents to recycling.  
Council offers help for Highland communities to be winter resilientThumbnail for article : Council offers help for Highland communities to be winter resilient
The Highland Council is offering assistance to communities who wish to take action in their own areas to help clear snow and ice from local footpaths.   Highland Council's Director of Community Services said: "When it snows, or we have hard overnight frosts it is quite simply not possible for Council resources to be everywhere at the same time to treat footpaths.  
Highland Council urges communities not to miss out on Vodafone 3G mobile access
The Highland Council is highlighting a mobile phone access programme to communities in the region who currently have no 3G mobile reception.   Vodafone UK has teamed up with the National Association of Local Councils and Countryside Alliance to encourage more communities to apply to its Rural Open Sure Signal programme.  
Damage - Castletown - Police Seek Information
Between 1800 hours on Sunday 28 September 2014 and 0915 hours on Monday 29 September 2014, damage was caused to a picnic table in the area of Castletown Harbour.   If anyone has any information about the incident they are encouraged to contact Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at  
Caithness and North Sutherland Fund Grant Awards 2014 - R3
The Caithness & North Sutherland Fund has awarded over £65K at its latest grant assessment round.  The funding has been granted to five community/voluntary groups towards projects that will benefit people living in the Caithness & North Sutherland area.  
Loch Of Yarrows To Whaligoe WalkThumbnail for article : Loch Of Yarrows To Whaligoe Walk
Saturday 4th October - 11.00am - 2.00pm A great opportunity to see something of the Caithness coast.   Book your place..  
North charities benefit from West Highland Way WalkThumbnail for article : North charities benefit from West Highland Way Walk
TWO Caithness charities benefited from a Wick woman's West Highland Way sponsored walk, earlier this year.   Both MS People Caithness and the county's heart support group received £1,090.  
Highland Council takes enforcement action on dog fouling
The first two weeks of September saw Highland Council staff stepping up action on dog fouling in response to the Keep Scotland Beautiful annual ‘Ditch the Dirt' campaign.   During the fortnight Council employees were out and about talking to dog owners and other members of the public about dog fouling in Caithness, Ross-shire, Inverness and Lochaber.  
What's On At Caithness Horizons in October 2014
What's On at Caithness Horizons: October 2014 Cafe Exhibitions Peter's Pals ARTIST ROOMS: Douglas Gordon workshop exhibition 8th September - 8th October 2014 Work produced by our Young Curators Club during an art workshop based on the ARTIST ROOMS: Douglas Gordon exhibition will be on display in the cafe and cafe corridor from 8th September.   The workshop was led by professional artist Lucy Harrison and took place over three afternoons in July.  
Highland's new Youth ConvenerThumbnail for article : Highland's new Youth Convener
Shaun Finlayson from Avoch took up the role of Highland Youth Convener in September 2014.  This full time role, based at the High Life Highland office in Ardross Street, Inverness, is a bursary position running to the end of August 2015.  
Local museums lead the way
Over the coming months staff and volunteers from museums across Highland and Moray will be taking part in a series of professional development workshops covering all aspects of collections management.  The diverse programme ranges from documentation, conservation, archaeological finds to making the most of retail opportunities and working with schools.