A zero-tolerance approach to violence against police officers was confirmed at Stornoway Sheriff Court yesterday (Tuesday 4 August) when a man was sentenced to imprisonment for a number of offences.

38-year-old Douglas Murray of Marybank is to serve a total of 12 months in prison and has left the island for custody at Porterfield prison in Inverness this afternoon (Wednesday).

He was appearing in court on a range of complaints which covered a period of over three months, during which Stornoway police had cause to charge him numerous times.

The charges included assaults on police officers, threatening and abusive behaviour and road traffic offences including careless driving and driving without insurance.

Murray’s sentence includes four months for breaches of bail conditions and he has also been disqualified from driving for 16 months after failing to provide a sample for analysis when suspected of drink-driving.