Local Councillors have responded to police incidents that took place today (10 Aug) on Skye and Dornie.
The Highland Council is providing all the assistance it can to the communities and partners involved in the terrible incidents in Skye and Lochalsh today and has been working with Police Scotland and other partners to ensure the families are supported. Local members have come together to express their shock and support for their communities. They have stressed that, while people across the country will be keen to know as much as possible about what has happened, it will have a lasting and devastating personal impact on those involved and so they are urging everybody to recognise their vulnerability and protect their privacy.
From Eilean a’ Cheo:
Councillor John Finlayson said: “This is a tragic day. I know how close knit and big hearted the communities in Skye and Lochalsh are and we will come together to support each other through this devastating time. I would like to thank the emergency services for everything they have done, and continue to do and our thoughts and prayers are with all the families that have been affected by the events of today which have hit everyone in our communities so hard.”
Councillor Drew Millar said: “As today’s tragedies unfolded which has shocked not just Skye and Lochalsh but the entire Highlands, the Highland Council has acted incisively by sending in trained staff to support the affected families and especially the children and will be there for as long as they are needed.”
Councillor Calum Munro said: “The events of today have shocked us all. These have been tragic events affecting the Sleat and Lochalsh communities. I know how the people of Sleat, as in Lochalsh, will come together to support one another in the difficult days ahead. My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected and grieving."
Councillor Ruaraidh Stewart said: "My heart breaks for the families involved in today’s tragic events. The community of Skye and Lochalsh is a very close resilient community who are shocked and saddened by today's incidents. My prayers are with the bereaved family and the victims who are in hospital with serious injuries. I would like to thank the emergency services and the staff of Highland who have supported the families involved."
From the Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh Ward:
Vice Convener of the Council Cllr Biz Campell said: “The community of Dornie is shocked and saddened by these terrible incidents. My thoughts are with all those affected and my heart breaks when I think of how much harm has been caused today.”
Cllr Chris Birt commented: “This has been a really tragic day for all of us in Highland. We are all very distressed about what has happened and send our condolences to all those families and relatives who have been impacted.”
Cllr Liz Kraft said: “I am devastated and shocked at what has happened. Our communities will be heavily impacted by this and we will do all we can to support them through.”
Cllr Patrick Logue said: “My thoughts are with the families at this tragic time and I would like to thank the emergency services and Council staff for everything they have done today and in the days to come.”