Boost for Isles of Scilly tourism

A scheme to improve the runway at Land's End and upgrade facilities at St Mary's airports is hoped to boost tourism on the Isles of Scilly.

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Rats threaten Scilly Isles birds

Birds on two islands on the Isles of Scilly are in danger of being wiped out by rats.

The rats came to the islands from shipwrecks - and now a team of experts in pest control are spending the winter on the islands to try to wipe out the rodents.

Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy and cameraman Kevin Blanks spent a day with the team.

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£8m investment for St Mary's and Penzance harbours

Plans to improve the harbours that connect Cornwall with the Isles of Scilly have been given the green light from Local Transport Minister Norman Baker.

The Minister announced work at St Mary’s and Penzance harbours can go ahead, subject to final clearances and securing European funding.

The work involves dredging at Penzance and pier widening and improved freight handling facilities at St Mary’s.

We are putting at least £8 million into this scheme which shows that the Coalition Government is serious about protecting the livelihood of the Isles of Scilly.

Improved terminal buildings will provide better conditions for passengers. Changes to the harbours themselves will ensure new vessels can still access the port protecting this route for use by residents, freight and holiday makers.

– Norman Baker MP, Local Transport Minister

Man finishes Scillies ultramarathon in 6 hours 50

Ryan crosses the finish line yesterday (Saturday 27 July). Credit: Anna Cawthray

Builder Ryan Allsop has raised over £3100 for Cancer Research UK after running round the five inhabited Isles of Scilly (32 miles) and then swimming the mile from Tresco to St Martin's yesterday. It took him 6 hours 50 minutes.

Ryan and supporters at the end of the challenge. Credit: Anna Cawthray

Runners joined Ryan on his run round St Martin's, St Mary's and St Agnes and seven people accompanied him on his swim to St Martin's. He was welcomed home by a large crowd.

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Improvements announced for airports

A hard runway will be built at Land's End airport in the autumn. Credit: ITV News West Country

Major improvements have been announced for two airports in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly after bad weather caused chaos last winter.

A hard runway will be built at Land's End airport in the autumn. It was closed for three months over the winter after it was waterlogged.

St Mary's airport on the Scillies will also be updated.

Nearly £7m of European funding has been earmarked for the work.

£20m cocaine haul found on yacht

The Windrose at St Mary's Credit: Scilly Today

Around 200 kilos of cocaine with a street value of some £20m has been discovered on a yacht from which a man fell to his death. This afternoon the UK Border Force said the drugs had been removed from the Windrose which was moored at St Mary's on the Isles of Scilly.

A man in his sixties fell to his death from the mast of the yacht shortly after it was boarded by Border Force officials last Monday. He's thought to be Dutch.

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