Tuesday 19th June
The Fraserburgh lifeboat has been involved in a major search in the Moray Firth after reports of three people having to abandon their vessel. RNLI crews from Macduff and Buckie were also launched, as well as a rescue helicopter, after the coastguard received a mayday call just before 6 o’clock yesterday evening. Three local fishing vessels were also involved. Nothing was found during an extensive operation, which continued until it got dark. The search will not be resumed unless new information comes to light.
Two men are due to appear in court today after a car was stopped on the A90. Four men were initially detained by police near Portlethen yesterday afternoon, but two were later released. A 35-year-old man has been charged in connection with various offences, including road traffic offences and attempting to pervert the course of justice. Another man, aged 27, was charged in connection with attempting to pervert the course of justice and possession of a personal quantity of a Class B drug.
Aberdeen International Airport’s new Security Central Search Area has now opened. It’s larger and enhanced and is part of the Terminal Transformation project to improve passenger facilities at the Dyce hub. There is also a new World Duty Free while the WH Smith shop has been upgraded. The final phase of the project to reconfigure the departure lounge, increase the floor space and introduce new retail outlets is expected to be finished next summer.
A 14 year old boy, who died while playing with friends in Portlethen, has been named locally as Zaine Grieve. The teenager fell ill in the School Brae area at around 11 o’clock on Saturday night. His family say they’ve been left “absolutely devastated” and have thanked members of the public, paramedics and police officers after they tried to help the secondary school pupil who was pronounced dead a short time later. An investigation to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the death is continuing but police don’t think there is anything suspicious.
A Peterhead woman was among the recipients at the Inspiring Aberdeenshire event. The ceremony, run by Aberdeenshire Council, celebrates the work of the unsung heroes in the area who support their communities. Theresa Ritchie picked up the Community Spirit Award for clocking up thousands of hours of volunteering, championing local causes and making a real and tangible difference to people’s lives.
Local councillors will next week be updated on the progress being made towards building a new Community Campus in Peterhead. The £71million project would replace the town’s existing secondary school and house a whole range of community facilities. Members of the Buchan Area committee will be told that a six-month study will be undertaken into two previously identified sites – the current Peterhead Academy location and an area at Kinmundy Road. Initial consultation revealed a preference for the latter, along with the development and retention of community facilities in the town centre.