Pair face court over woman’s death on Shetland

Two people are due to appear in court in connection with the death of a woman in Shetland.

Tracey Walker, 40, was found outside a property in Ladies Drive, Lerwick, at around 2.05am on Tuesday.

A 31-year-old man and a woman, 27, arrested in connection with her death have been charged and are expected to appear at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Thursday.

Ms Walker’s death has shocked the island community, which has a low crime rate. The most recent statistics show 13 violent crimes recorded in a year.

Shetland Islands Council convener Malcolm Bell, formerly the most senior policeman on the islands, said: “Shetland is a very safe place and this is very unusual.

“It does cause shock in the community. It’s a small community and everybody feels it.”

Mr Bell praised police handling of the case, which saw officers sent from the mainland, and said his sympathies are with the family.

Ms Walker’s family have thanked people for their support.

In a statement issued through Police Scotland, they said: “We are very grateful to everyone who has been in touch over the last few days offering their support.

“We now ask that our privacy is respected as we come to terms with our loss.”

Detective Inspector Ross Fitzgerald said: “Our thoughts are with Tracey’s family and friends at this difficult time.

“I would again take the opportunity to thank local residents for their patience while officers have been in the area and also thank those who have assisted our inquiries so far.

“Anyone with information about this incident who has not yet spoken to police is asked to contact 101, quoting incident 343 of July 30.

“Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”

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