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Val Sweeney


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Val Sweeney is an award-winning and experienced journalist. Having worked on several newspapers in the north of England in various roles as a reporter and feature writer, she joined the Inverness Courier in 2001.

Lessons to be learned after police watchdog investigation into Inverness firearms incident

26 February 2024
Lessons to be learned after police watchdog investigation into Inverness firearms incident

Lessons to be learned after police watchdog investigation into Inverness firearms incident

26 February 2024

A police watchdog has highlighted lessons to be learned following an investigation into a firearms incident in Inverness.


Why we should all take time to talk and listen

01 February 2024
Why we should all take time to talk and listen

Why we should all take time to talk and listen

01 February 2024

"We should never underestimate the ability to change lives by being there for others," says Highland councillor.


Scottish and Southern Electricity teams working to restore power to Highlands customers after Storm Isha

22 January 2024
Scottish and Southern Electricity teams working to restore power to Highlands customers after Storm Isha

Scottish and Southern Electricity teams working to restore power to Highlands customers after Storm Isha

22 January 2024

Latest update from power company states that several parts of Badenoch and Strathspey affected


Scot Rail services remain suspended in Highlands due to Storm Isha

22 January 2024
Scot Rail services remain suspended in Highlands due to Storm Isha

Scot Rail services remain suspended in Highlands due to Storm Isha

22 January 2024

No train services are running this morning in Scotland until rail lines have been inspected as Storm Isha hit the UK.


Sports journalism award to be presented in memory of Highland media giant Bill McAllister

16 January 2024
Sports journalism award to be presented in memory of Highland media giant Bill McAllister

Sports journalism award to be presented in memory of Highland media giant Bill McAllister

16 January 2024

A major journalism award is to be presented in memory of writer and broadcaster Bill McAllister who died last April.


Presenter of BBC's Digging for Britain to visit Inverness

13 January 2024
Presenter of BBC's Digging for Britain to visit Inverness

Presenter of BBC's Digging for Britain to visit Inverness

13 January 2024

Life, death, and disease in the Middle Ages will be put in spotlight by TV presenter Professor Alice Roberts


A9 campaigner calls for transparency on Scottish Government's new dualling plan

21 December 2023
A9 campaigner calls for transparency on Scottish Government's new dualling plan

A9 campaigner calls for transparency on Scottish Government's new dualling plan

21 December 2023

Laura Hansler believes already that the 2035 dualling completion date 'seems highly unlikely'


Train passengers in Highlands warned of delays and alteration due to severe weather

17 December 2023
Train passengers in Highlands warned of delays and alteration due to severe weather

Train passengers in Highlands warned of delays and alteration due to severe weather

17 December 2023

Train passengers in the Highlands are being warned of potential disruption due to severe weather.


Stair-climbing Highland lockdown heroine who captured nation's hearts dies aged 93

11 December 2023
Stair-climbing Highland lockdown heroine who captured nation's hearts dies aged 93

Stair-climbing Highland lockdown heroine who captured nation's hearts dies aged 93

11 December 2023

A Highland lockdown legend who captured the nation's hearts by climbing the equivalent of 2398ft high mountain for charity has died, aged 93.


Surprise honour for retired Badenoch and Strathspey politician as he wins top student award

07 December 2023
Surprise honour for retired Badenoch and Strathspey politician as he wins top student award

Surprise honour for retired Badenoch and Strathspey politician as he wins top student award

07 December 2023

'As a working class child, my parents instilled in me the importance of education'


Are 20mph zones working in the Highlands?

04 December 2023
Are 20mph zones working in the Highlands?

Are 20mph zones working in the Highlands?

04 December 2023

A public consultation on the Highland-wide 20mph limit programme has been launched.


Aviemore police officer hailed a hero for tackling armed man by A95

30 November 2023
Aviemore police officer hailed a hero for tackling armed man by A95

Aviemore police officer hailed a hero for tackling armed man by A95

30 November 2023

Brave actions of off-duty policeman recognised with national award


Threat of walkouts in Highland schools ends as Unison members accept pay deal

27 November 2023
Threat of walkouts in Highland schools ends as Unison members accept pay deal

Threat of walkouts in Highland schools ends as Unison members accept pay deal

27 November 2023

School support staff across Scotland have ended a long-running pay dispute with council leaders after they voted to accept a new pay offer.


Brave off duty Highland policeman leapt out of car to tackle armed man

13 November 2023
Brave off duty Highland policeman leapt out of car to tackle armed man

Brave off duty Highland policeman leapt out of car to tackle armed man

13 November 2023

PC Paul Phillips was driving home with young family when he spotted man causing alarm


Police Scotland campaign launched as reports of online child abuse rise

25 September 2023
Police Scotland campaign launched as reports of online child abuse rise

Police Scotland campaign launched as reports of online child abuse rise

25 September 2023

Police Scotland has launched a new campaign targeting sexual perpetrators who groom and abuse children online.


Driver caught speeding at up to 111mph on A9 near Inverness in police clampdown

04 September 2023
Driver caught speeding at up to 111mph on A9 near Inverness in police clampdown

Driver caught speeding at up to 111mph on A9 near Inverness in police clampdown

04 September 2023

Officers also caught motorist clocking 99mph by Aviemore


WATCH: Mysterious noises and potential sightings reported during biggest search for Nessie in 50 years

28 August 2023
WATCH: Mysterious noises and potential sightings reported during biggest search for Nessie in 50 years

WATCH: Mysterious noises and potential sightings reported during biggest search for Nessie in 50 years

28 August 2023

Video of possible sighting and four mysterious loud noises heard from depths as volunteers took part in hunt


UPDATE: Police officers at scene after caravan overturns on A9 near Tomatin

07 August 2023
UPDATE: Police officers at scene after caravan overturns on A9 near Tomatin

UPDATE: Police officers at scene after caravan overturns on A9 near Tomatin

07 August 2023

Police officers say there are no reported injuries after a caravan overturned on the A9 near Tomatin.


Police officers discover body of woman in Inverness property

31 July 2023
Police officers discover body of woman in Inverness property

Police officers discover body of woman in Inverness property

31 July 2023

Family of missing woman have been informed


Angry backlash from local residents as traffic delays marks start of Belladrum festival

28 July 2023
Angry backlash from local residents as traffic delays marks start of Belladrum festival

Angry backlash from local residents as traffic delays marks start of Belladrum festival

28 July 2023

Traffic chaos at the start of the Belladrum Festival near Beauly has prompted an angry backlash from residents and festival-goers.


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