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Court and Crime Reporter

Alan Shields is the court and crime reporter for the south Highland hub of Highland News and Media. He joined the company in 2022. Alan studied publishing with journalism at RGU in Aberdeen.

American YouTube star Randy Santel sets new record for Scotch and Rye's epic burger challenge

10 August 2022
American YouTube star Randy Santel sets new record for Scotch and Rye's epic burger challenge

American YouTube star Randy Santel sets new record for Scotch and Rye's epic burger challenge

10 August 2022

He managed to eat the entire platter, a milkshake as well as sinking a pint of beer in less than 20 minutes.


NHS Highland is piloting a weekend appointment booking system

05 August 2022
NHS Highland is piloting a weekend appointment booking system

NHS Highland is piloting a weekend appointment booking system

05 August 2022

Patients will be able to book appointments on a Saturday for the next six weeks.


Fuel prices start to fall as motorists urged to shop around for the best price for filling up

04 August 2022
Fuel prices start to fall as motorists urged to shop around for the best price for filling up

Fuel prices start to fall as motorists urged to shop around for the best price for filling up

04 August 2022

Some petrol stations are offering better value for money than others.


BELLADRUM: Seven arrests made at Highlands music festival

03 August 2022
BELLADRUM: Seven arrests made at Highlands music festival

BELLADRUM: Seven arrests made at Highlands music festival

03 August 2022

Seven arrests were made by police as 25,000 people enjoyed the sunshine and music at Belladrum.


Highland Council plan menopause café event

27 July 2022
Highland Council plan menopause café event

Highland Council plan menopause café event

27 July 2022

The event is hoping to break down the subject of later life into a helpful session over tea and coffee.


Highland Council workers signed up to Unite the union are due to take industrial action

27 July 2022
Highland Council workers signed up to Unite the union are due to take industrial action

Highland Council workers signed up to Unite the union are due to take industrial action

27 July 2022

The union said strike dates will be fixed later this week.


PICTURES: Historic house in Ross-shire royal burgh put on the market

24 July 2022
PICTURES: Historic house in Ross-shire royal burgh put on the market

PICTURES: Historic house in Ross-shire royal burgh put on the market

24 July 2022

It is a key piece of the town's history and is a fixer-upper.


Inverness medic in heroic cycle challenge for two good causes

24 July 2022
Inverness medic in heroic cycle challenge for two good causes

Inverness medic in heroic cycle challenge for two good causes

24 July 2022

The pair hope to cycle from Glasgow to Inverness in just a day.


PICTURES: Polish man attempts monster swim of Loch Ness to help the parents of sick children

22 July 2022
PICTURES: Polish man attempts monster swim of Loch Ness to help the parents of sick children

PICTURES: Polish man attempts monster swim of Loch Ness to help the parents of sick children

22 July 2022

Extreme swimmer Piotr Biankowski is currently swimming the 23 mile length of Loch Ness.


TRAVEL: ScotRail impose speed limits as Scotland scorches in summer heatwave

18 July 2022
TRAVEL: ScotRail impose speed limits as Scotland scorches in summer heatwave

TRAVEL: ScotRail impose speed limits as Scotland scorches in summer heatwave

18 July 2022

Speed limits have been introduced on railway lines to protect the infrastructure.


MasterChef finalist reveals plans for new cookbook at city event

17 July 2022
MasterChef finalist reveals plans for new cookbook at city event

MasterChef finalist reveals plans for new cookbook at city event

17 July 2022

Inverness MasterChef finalist Sarah Rankin is in talks with publishers about a potential cookbook, the Inverness Courier can reveal.


Inverness Airport flying high after award for first-class customer service

17 July 2022
Inverness Airport flying high after award for first-class customer service

Inverness Airport flying high after award for first-class customer service

17 July 2022

The airport was praised for its customer service during the pandemic.


ScotRail to return 700 services to the network including in the Highlands

15 July 2022
ScotRail to return 700 services to the network including in the Highlands

ScotRail to return 700 services to the network including in the Highlands

15 July 2022

Travellers will be able to see updated timetables in the coming days.


Fundraising for Gaelic centre in Highland set to continue

11 July 2022
Fundraising for Gaelic centre in Highland set to continue

Fundraising for Gaelic centre in Highland set to continue

11 July 2022

Nearly £30,000 has been donated towards plans for the Gaelic hub.


Jamiroquai singer's Highland bolthole up for sale

09 July 2022
Jamiroquai singer's Highland bolthole up for sale

Jamiroquai singer's Highland bolthole up for sale

09 July 2022

Fans made need to dig deep to purchase the popstar's secluded property.


Consultation launched on period products provision

06 July 2022
Consultation launched on period products provision

Consultation launched on period products provision

06 July 2022

The council is looking for feedback on where the items could be made available.


Police drink drive crackdown announced

04 July 2022
Police drink drive crackdown announced

Police drink drive crackdown announced

04 July 2022

Police will be looking to stop motorists suspected of drinking and driving.


Councillors asked to back NC500 bid for government cash.

27 June 2022
Councillors asked to back NC500 bid for government cash.

Councillors asked to back NC500 bid for government cash.

27 June 2022

Councillors will see the report on Thursday.


NHS Highland given funding boost for staff

17 June 2022
NHS Highland given funding boost for staff

NHS Highland given funding boost for staff

17 June 2022

Under the plans, staff will hope to have a better day at work.


Body recovered from Loch Ness

03 June 2022
Body recovered from Loch Ness

Body recovered from Loch Ness

03 June 2022

A body has been found during searches for a missing woman.


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