North Ronaldsay loses 999 phone service after fault
Residents have been asked not to make any non-urgent calls.
Police have warned that 999 phone services in part of the Orkney Islands have been lost due to a fault.
People in North Ronaldsay are being asked not to make any non-urgent phone calls so available lines can be used for emergencies.
A statement from Police Scotland’s Highlands and Islands Division said: “BT has notified us of problems affecting telephone services in North Ronaldsay.
“They are currently working to restore service to everyone as soon as possible.
“We are asking people not to make any non-urgent calls for the time being so that all the available phone lines can be used for emergencies.
“If you have an emergency, you should first try both landline or mobile telephones to call 999.
BT has notified us of problems affecting telephone services in North Ronaldsay.— Northern Police (@northernPolice) December 26, 2018
They are currently working to restore service to everyone as soon as possible. https://t.co/SP5wokxdEF
“If this does not work, flag down any emergency service vehicle that is not using their blue lights, or go to the nearest police station, hospital, fire or ambulance station to report the emergency.
“Relatives and neighbours of elderly or vulnerable people in the area are asked to check on them more frequently, as their assistance alarms may not operate correctly.”
North Ronaldsay is Orkney’s most northerly island and has a population of about 70.