NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Man in court after Orkney island fires

Sanday fire scene
Image caption The fires happened on Sanday early on Monday morning

A man has appeared in court in connection with a series of fires which affected properties on the Orkney island of Sanday.

Leonard Cairns, 52, appeared in private at Kirkwall Sheriff Court, charged with wilful fireraising.

Twenty-two people were moved to safety after three buildings - a shop, a garage and a recycling centre - were affected in Kettletoft early on Monday.

Mr Cairns made no plea or declaration and was released on bail.

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