Drowning tragedy leads police reports

Isle of Barra lifeboat, Edna Windsor.
Isle of Barra lifeboat, Edna Windsor.

A man from Vatersay drowned off the coast of Barra, October 4. This tragedy leads our weekly police and emergency rescue reports, which include a round-up of arrests and police appeals.


A man died after falling overboard from a fishing vessel south of Barra, October 4.

The Coastguard rushed Gerard Gillies, 42, to hospital after receiving a Mayday broadcast at 12.25pm from the fishing vessel ‘Annie T’. It reported having recovered Mr Gillies from the water south of Barra Island.

Barra lifeboat launched along with the Stornoway Coastguard helicopter.

Mr Gillies, of Vatersay, was transferred to Barra lifeboat and then taken to the Western Isles Hospital by helicopter.

Police Scotland confirmed Mr Gillies sadly died and that his next of kin were informed.

They add there are no suspicious circumstances and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.


About 10pm on October 1 at an address on Springfield Road, Stornoway, following reports of a disturbance a 31-year-old male will be reported to the Crown for a breach of the peace.

Police appeal for information: did you see anyone engaged in anti-social behaviour around 4pm in the Lower Bayble area? Call 101 or Crimestoppers.

Around 11pm on October 3, on Point Street, Stornoway, police responded to an incident outside the Era nightclub. A 38-year-old female and a 40-year-old male were each charged with breach of the peace and assault.

Around 4.20pm on October 4 in the Carlton Public Bar, Francis Street, Stornoway, police responded to reports of a disturbance. Two males were arrested and will each be reported for breach of the peace and assault.

Police are appealing for information after an unknown amount of money was taken from a collection box at the Church of Scotland in Leverburgh.

The theft is thought to have occurred between the start of September and start of October.

Police appeal to anyone who saw suspicious activity at Holm Farm on the afternoon October 5. Individuals rode quad bikes around the farm, damaging a barn, before heading off. Call 101 or Crimestoppers.