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Ex-soldier ends three-month isolation on 'uninhabited' Shetland island

Chris Lewis with his dog and tent
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Chris Lewis was sleeping in a tent when the lockdown was imposed on 23 March

A former British paratrooper isolating on a previously uninhabited island after lockdown measures were introduced midway through a fundraising challenge says he has "left a part of himself behind" after ending his three-month stay.

Chris Lewis had walked 12,000 miles of the UK coastline after setting off from near his home in Swansea in August 2017.

The 39-year-old was sleeping in a tent on mainland Shetland when lockdown restrictions were imposed on 23 March and given special permission to live in the one house on Hildasay, with his dog Jet.

The 108-hectare island sits off the west coast of the Shetland mainland, where Mr Lewis returned on Friday, thanking locals for the "outstanding" love and support shown to him during his stay.

"As we left the pier, I sat at the back of the boat not really able to say much!" he wrote on Facebook. "I was sad and excited at the same time!! What an adventure the last three months have been living on our own island in lockdown! I will never forget it!"

I feel I left a part of me behind when I left and I look forward to my return in years to come."

Chris Lewis

Number of cases in each area of Scotland

This is the number of confirmed cases in each Scottish health board area, plus the number of people in hospital as of midnight, with the number in brackets those who are in intensive care.

  • Ayrshire and Arran 1088, 5 in hospital (* in intensive care)
  • Borders 327, * (*)
  • Dumfries and Galloway 261,* (*)
  • Fife 885, 57 (*)
  • Forth Valley 952, 5 (*)
  • Grampian 1294, 56 (*)
  • Greater Glasgow and Clyde 4010, 255 (*)
  • Highland 341, 7 (*)
  • Lanarkshire 2035, 49 (*)
  • Lothian 2807, 134 (5)
  • Orkney 8 * *
  • Shetland 54 * *
  • Tayside 1,687, 6 (*)
  • Eileanan Siar (Western Isles) 6 * *

* = less than 5

Number of cases in each area of Scotland

This is the total number of confirmed cases in each Scottish health board area, plus the number of people in hospital as of midnight, with the number in brackets those who are in intensive care.

  • Ayrshire and Arran 1,079, 10in hospital (* in intensive care)
  • Borders 326,* (*)
  • Dumfries and Galloway 261, * (*)
  • Fife 879, 54 (*)
  • Forth Valley 946, 10 (*)
  • Grampian 1286, 60 (*)
  • Greater Glasgow and Clyde 3981, 295 (0)
  • Highland 339, 6 (*)
  • Lanarkshire 2008, 58 (*)
  • Lothian 2772, 146 (7)
  • Orkney 8* *
  • Shetland 54* *
  • Tayside 1676, 7 (*)
  • Eileanan Siar (Western Isles) 6* *

* = less than 5

Number of cases in each area of Scotland

This is the total number of confirmed cases in each Scottish health board area, plus the number of people in hospital as of midnight, with the number in brackets those who are in intensive care.

  • Ayrshire and Arran 1,077, 8 in hospital (* in intensive care)
  • Borders 326, * (*)
  • Dumfries and Galloway 261, *(*)
  • Fife 879, 54 (*)
  • Forth Valley 946,12 (*)
  • Grampian 1289, 62 (*)
  • Greater Glasgow and Clyde 3971, 294 (0)
  • Highland 339, 6 (*)
  • Lanarkshire 2007, 59 (*)
  • Lothian 2769, 143 (5)
  • Orkney 8 * *
  • Shetland 54 * *
  • Tayside 1676, 8 (*)
  • Eileanan Siar (Western Isles) 6 * *

* = less than 5

Number of cases in each area of Scotland

This is the total number of confirmed cases in each Scottish health board area, plus the number of people in hospital as of midnight, with the number in brackets those who are in intensive care.

  • Ayrshire and Arran 1,060, 11 in hospital (* in intensive care)
  • Borders 325, * (*)
  • Dumfries and Galloway 260, * (*)
  • Fife 835, 62 (*)
  • Forth Valley 928, 10 (*)
  • Grampian 1274, 66 (*)
  • Greater Glasgow and Clyde 3946, 338 (7)
  • Highland 337, 9 (*)
  • Lanarkshire 1987, 71 (*)
  • Lothian 2709, 156 (9)
  • Orkney 8 * *
  • Shetland 54 * *
  • Tayside 1671, 9 (*)
  • Eileanan Siar (Western Isles) 6 * *

* = less than 5

Number of cases in each area of Scotland

This is the total number of confirmed cases in each Scottish health board area, plus the number of people in hospital as of midnight, with the number in brackets those who are in intensive care.

  • Ayrshire and Arran 1019, 25 in hospital (* in intensive care)
  • Borders 322, 11 (*)
  • Dumfries and Galloway 258, * (*)
  • Fife 826, 69 (*)
  • Forth Valley 917, 14 (*)
  • Grampian 1224, 72 (*)
  • Greater Glasgow and Clyde 3876, 379 (12)
  • Highland 335, 10 (*)
  • Lanarkshire 1934, 83 (*)
  • Lothian 2665, 165 (8)
  • Orkney 7 * *
  • Shetland 54 * *
  • Tayside 1658, 13 (*)
  • Eileanan Siar (Western Isles) 6 * *

* = less than 5

Number of cases in each health board area of Scotland

This is the latest information on the number of confirmed cases in each Scottish health board area (in bold) plus the number of people in hospital as of midnight, with the number in brackets those who are in intensive care.

  • Ayrshire and Arran 964, 42 in hospital (* in intensive care)
  • Borders 304, 25 (*)
  • Dumfries and Galloway 255, * (*)
  • Fife 824, 75 (*)
  • Forth Valley 867, 21 (*)
  • Grampian 1152, 96 (8)
  • Greater Glasgow and Clyde 3663, 460 (22)
  • Highland 331, 5 (*)
  • Lanarkshire 1781, 113 (12)
  • Lothian 2497, 200 (12)
  • Orkney 7 * (*)
  • Shetland 54 * (*)
  • Tayside 1555, 23 (*)
  • Eileanan Siar (Western Isles) 6 * (*)

* = fewer than 5

Number of coronavirus cases in each area of Scotland

This is the number of confirmed cases in each Scottish health board area, plus the number of people in hospital as of midnight, with the number in brackets those who are in intensive care.

  • Ayrshire and Arran 799, 115 in hospital (8 in intensive care)
  • Borders 284, 35 (*)
  • Dumfries and Galloway 250, 18 (*)
  • Fife 776, 123 (6)
  • Forth Valley 788, 66 (*)
  • Grampian 898, 147 (13)
  • Greater Glasgow and Clyde 2985, 526 (39)
  • Highland 297, 41 (*)
  • Lanarkshire 1454, 233 (8)
  • Lothian 2089, 269 (12)
  • Orkney 7 * *
  • Shetland 54 * *
  • Tayside 1410, 88 (*)
  • Eileanan Siar (Western Isles) 6 * *

* = less than 5

Former soldier self-isolating on 'uninhabited' Hildasay

Chris Lewis with dog
PA Media

A former British paratrooper is isolating on a previously uninhabited island after lockdown measures were introduced midway through a fundraising challenge to walk the UK coastline.

Chris Lewis has walked 12,000 miles after setting off from near his home in Swansea in August 2017.

He has now been given special permission to live in the one house on Hildasay, Shetland, with his dog Jet.

The 108-hectare island sits off the west coast of the Shetland mainland.

The 39-year-old was sleeping in a tent on mainland Shetland when lockdown restrictions were imposed on 23 March to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Read more here.

Fundraising walker isolating on uninhabited Shetland island

The old shepherd’s hut on Hildasay
PA/Chris Lewis
The old shepherd’s hut on Hildasay

A former British paratrooper is isolating on an uninhabited Shetland island after lockdown measures were introduced when he was on a fundraising challenge to walk the UK coastline.

Chris Lewis, 39, has covered 12,000 miles since setting off from Llangennith beach near his home city of Swansea in August 2017 with just £10 in his pocket.

He was camping on mainland Shetland when lockdown restrictions were announced on 23 March.

Mr Lewis and his dog Jet were then taken to Hildasay, a 108-hectare island off the west coast of the Shetland mainland, and have been there ever since, living in a former shepherd’s hut without running water, heating or electricity.

“I thought it would be better if I wasn’t on the mainland – I didn’t want to be in the way," he said. "I’ve mainly been in isolation for the past two years due to the nature of the places we’ve been walking."

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Island murder trial postponed due to coronavirus

The trial of two people accused of murdering a woman due in Shetland has been postponed due to coronavirus.

Tracey Walker, 40, was found in the Ladies Drive area of Lerwick in July last year.

Judge Lord Tyre said proceedings against Dawn Smith, 28, and Ross MacDougall, 31, could not advance due to the covid-19 pandemic. During a short hearing at the High Court in Edinburgh he said the current situation was an "unprecedented" one.

Another procedural hearing in the case will now take place on 15 July, at the High Court in Glasgow.

Tracey Walker
Police Scotland
Tracey Walker died last year