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Rats officially banished from Scilly islands

Birds are breeding again on these two islands.

Two islands of the Isles of Scilly have been declared officially free of rats.

It comes after a project to protect breeding seabirds from the invasive vermin - which aren't native to the islands, and were feeding on eggs and chicks.

Conservationists say bird populations on St Agnes and Gugh are now staring to recover, which the RSPB have called a fantastic achievement.

Manx shearwaters and European storm petrels are now successfully breeding on the islands for the first time in living memory.

Search continues for missing man on Isles of Scilly

23-year-old Josh Clayton has been missing since Sunday. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

The search is continuing for a 23-year-old man who's gone missing on the Isles of Scilly.

Josh Clayton from Tresco was last seen in the early hours of Sunday morning while out with friends. He was reported missing after failing to turn up to work. Coastguard and local volunteers have joined in the search.

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WATCH: Seal has tummy tickled off the Isles of Scilly

A diver has described the moment a playful seal turned over to have its tummy tickled off the Isles of Scilly.

The video shows the seal and a friend swim up to Gary Grayson before apparently shaking hands.

One of the seals can be seen flipping over to be tickled before swimming around in bliss.

The footage was filmed by Gary and his Manchester diving club.

Police officer vacancy on the Isles of Scilly attracts worldwide applicants

The queen visited the picturesque Scilly Islands in 2011 Credit: Tim Ireland/PA

People from across the world have applied to be a police officer on the Isles of Scilly.

The advert for a new constable went viral after it was posted on Facebook last week and applications have come from as far as Thailand and Australia.

It was described as "quite possibly the most enviable policing post in the UK or even the world".

However, Sergeant Colin Taylor, who posted the advert, said he forgot to mention the job was only open to serving Devon and Cornwall officers.

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Isles of Scilly face a 45 million pound bill to upgrade their water

Water bills on the Isles of Scilly could soar Credit: ITV News

Residents on the Isles of Scilly have been told they face a 45 million pound bill to upgrade their water and sewerage system - to bring them in line with European standards.

Leading councillors on the islands warned today about the impact on tourism - and said water bills could soar - unless alternative funding can be found.

The local council has written to every household on the islands about the proposals.

Atlantic rowers arrive at St Mary's

Two men who have rowed across the Atlantic Ocean have arrived at St Mary's on the Scillies. Elliott Dale and Chris 'Darby' Walters set off on Saturday, 7th June from New York. They're raising money for Children's Hospice South West.

They'll become only the second pair to complete the journey and will also set a new Ocean Rowing Record. So far they've raised more than £100,000. The charity has three hospices in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset and provides care and support to families of children with life-limiting illnesses across the South West.

*Video shows Elliott Dale and Chris Walters leaving New York. Pictures couresy Children's Hospice SW.

Giant Broadband cable being laid off the Scillies

A giant cable is being laid to give the Isles of Scilly Superfast Broadband. Engineers are using a ship moored off St Mary's to bring a 60 kilometre cable to the shore.

It will be connected to a high speed line that runs from Cornwall to Spain deep under the sea

The cable-laying ship, Resolute, moored off St Mary's, Isles of Scilly Credit: ITV News West Country

It will mean islanders have much faster internet access.

Jeremy Steventon-Barnes from BT says the cable will be buried out of the way, deep in the sand.

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