Much of the national press is carrying reports of a Wick native, James Ross who has escaped from a fortnight of captivity in Portugal, during which he had been subjected to mutilation-torture.
It appears that he had travelled to Portugal in connexion to a substantial drug-related which he hoped to settle through indentured work after threats against his family. For whatever reason, this was not accepted and, after missing-report reports to Wick Police, contacts were made with their Portuguese counterparts.
On 15 October, some gang-members were arrested by Portuguese Police. Although the investigation geared itself towards body-recovery, it appears the arrests panicked the rest of the gang into releasing Ross who then flagged down a passing driver near the village of Boliqueime.