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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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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Photos from the scene of Scillies boat death

The Windrose yacht at St Mary's Quay Credit: ScillyToday

A man, thought to be a Dutch national in his early 60s, is believed to have fallen from the top of his yacht's mast. It's believed that the man is the same man who was assisted by the RNLI whilst aboard his vessel the Windrose, on Sunday.

The cordoned off area this morning Credit: ScillyToday

Police say they are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident and they are not making any comment on what happened last night. It is understood however, that the incident happened after the yacht had been boarded as part of a Border Force operation.

The Border Force have so far made no comment.

The Boarder Force at the scene Credit: ScillyToday

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Man dies after fall from yacht-mast moored at St Mary’s

Police have confirmed that a man has died after falling from the mast of a yacht. It happened at St Mary’s quayside in the Isles of Scilly at around 8.30pm last night.

The man, believed to be a Dutch national in his early sixties, was taken to hospital but later died from his injuries.

It is understood that the yacht had been boarded as part of a Border Force (formerly UK Border Agency) operation shortly before the incident. The matter has been referred to the IPCC by the Border Force and a local investigation will be carried out this morning.

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