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25-Sep-15, 09:32
John O Groat headlines for September 25, 2015

THE leader of a Caithness volunteer search dog team yesterday called for a review of how searches for missing people are carried out. Dave Ashpool spoke out in the wake of his group again being left out of the police-led operation launched after Australian tourist Lynne Radke was reported missing in John O Groats. The 53-year-old's body was recovered from the sea last Friday, a day after a land and sea search was mounted for her.

GUEST accommodation is coming under increased strain to cope with the influx of workers being deployed in Caithness on major infrastructural projects. And with the size of the incoming labour force set to rise, as new phases of work come on stream, Highlands and Islands Enterprise is considering carrying out a study of the number of rooms available in the area.

AROUND half of online retailers are charging customers on average 14 extra to deliver to Caithness and the rest of the Highlands, compared to other parts of the UK. That is the figure Highland MSP John Finnie highlighted in a bid to end unfair surcharges for customers based in the north, in a debate which took place at the Scottish Parliament yesterday.

A PREVIOUSLY unrecorded cup and ring stone has been found west of Melness, Sutherland becoming the most northern example known of a Neolithic or Bronze Age petroglyph on the British Isles. Ilkley man Paul Bennet and his colleagure, Professor Paul Hornby, were exploring Neolithic sites between Bettyhill and Durness and after visiting one of the ruined chambered cairns in the area, came across the new site which is actually right by the roadside.

ARCHAEOLOGISTS believe they could be on the verge of a significant discovery of an unknown Iron Age settlement which was in use for 1000 years. Volunteers at Yarrow Heritage Trust , along with experts from the University of the Highlands and Islands, have uncovered structures and finds which show signs of a settlement at Swartigill.

A DOUNREAY veteran has played a key role in devising an array of robotic devices which will be used to strip out hundreds of components from the heart of the site's prototype fast reactor. Calder Bain is part of a team which has come up with eight remote control, multi-purpose grabbing, cutting, slicing and lifting tools, capable of removing the core of the reactor whose closure in 1994 sounded the death knell for Britain's fast reactor programme.

A PIONEERING European initiative has benefitted Caithness by around 700,000. the project, which carried out research on marine energy and climate change, secured EU funding of almost 1.4 million and involves several countries, including Scotland, France Spain and Portugal.

RICHARD Macadie scored a hat-trick the last time Wick Academy face Whitehill Welfare in the Scottish Cup but still ended up on the losing side in seven-goal thriller. He is confident the Scorries can make home advantage county in helping them book a place in the second round of the Scottish Cup with victory against the Lowland League side tomorrow.