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14-Jun-13, 16:47
John O' Groat Journal headlines for June 14

MILITARY police officers will start patrolling public roads in west Caithness in 11 days time as part of a new security crackdown at Dounreay. The move has incensed community representatives who have criticised the lack of notice and information that was made public. But Civil Nuclear Constabulary staff, based at the site have also been kept in the dark as they were also unaware about the plans. Residents are demanding answers from the Ministry of Defence and the CNC to clarify why police officers from the MoD will be patrolling public roads with one member of the public complaining locals feel they are being treated like terrorists.

PEOPLE on Wick's housing list are rejecting offers of homes in some areas because they are scared about falling victim to anti-social behaviour from their prospective neighbours, it was claimed yesterday. Major problem are noise, vandalism, and discarded rubbish are deterring new tenants who are prepared to incur penalties for turning down offers of council housing.

A CAITHNESS businessman yesterday accused the Bank of Scotland of "outrageous bullying and intimidatory tactics" regarding the administration of one of his companies. John Sutherland hit out after claiming the bank called in the administrators to Caithness Stone Industries Ltd despite an undertaking not to do so. He says the undertaking was given by the bank in a case at the Court of Session in Edinburgh, relating to the administration of another of his companies Caithness Beef and Lamb. Mr Sutherland, who is suing the Bank of Scotland for 12,4 million in that case, said the bank gave "a solemn undertaking " it would not seek his personal sequestration, pending the outcome of the case.

AN anti-wind farm campaigner yesterday said Caithness school children should not be involved in what she described as "a propganda war". Linda Holt, of Scotland Against Spin, hit out at a plan to get local pupils to name 21 wind turbines at the Baillie wind farm.

A FIRST-TIME adjudicator at the 59th Caithness Music Festival yesterday paid a glowing tribute to the organisers who stage the annual showcase. Mary Powney from Kendal, one of the vocal and instrumental judges has been impressed with the talent and enthusiasm from participants, singling out the secondary school violinists for special praise. She said: "I go around all over the British Isles doing festivals and each has its own special feel but because of where this one is, everyone works to well together. It's quite remarkable."

ZOOMING along public roads at over 100mph isn't what you expect from an officer of the law but for nuclear industry cop, Adrian Hodson, it's become something of a passion. He is making his way up the ranks as one of the top road racers in the country, competing in the Super Sport 600 class this season.

A CAITHNESS farmer attended the launch of an initiative mooted by Prince Charles to help commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Queen's coronation. Hamish Pottinger from Greenland Mains, near, Castletown was at Highgrove House in Gloucestershire, the county home of the prince for the event. He was one of 80 representative from all over Britain who agreed to get involved in a plan to help preserve the country's threatened flora. -