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The Isles of Scilly could be first with their EU Ref result

The Isles of Scilly could be first to declare their result in the EU referendum Credit: ITV News

The Isles of Scilly are likely to be one of the first places in the country to declare their vote in the EU referendum.

There is only an electorate of around 1,700. Normally votes from the islands during elections are counted on the mainland. But for the referendum the ballot boxes from the off islands and St Mary's will be brought to the town hall and counted there.

There's often a delay returning the ballot boxes from the off islands to St.Mary's.

On this occasion we are obliged to start the counting in the eveningtime along with the rest of the country to ensure the dissemination of the vote is produced as quickly as possible.

– RICHARD BURRASTON, Returning Officer
The Isles of Scilly returning officer with one of the ballot boxes Credit: ITV News

Runway at Scilly airport in need of "significant repair"

The condition of the runway which was the scene of yesterday's plane crash on the Isles of Scilly will be discussed by councillors today. It's thought the runway, which is half tarmac and half grass, is in need of "significant repair".

“Significant issues” with the main runway at St Mary's Airport were reported to the Council last September following a so-called grip test by the Civil Aviation Authority. This test identified that the runway was in very poor condition and had a likely life expectancy of 12 to 18 months.


Statement following plane crash on Isles of Scilly

The Council of the Isles of Scilly have released a statement following the news a plane overshot the runway at St Mary's Airport.The airport was shut for a time when the plane carrying four people went through a hedge and ended up in a field, facing the sea. No-one was injured.

At 13:07 hours this afternoon a light twin engine aircraft made an approach to the grass Runway at St Mary’s Airport. The Aircraft subsequently ran off the end of the grass Runway into the field. There were 4 persons on board none of whom were injured. The Emergency services responded immediately to the scene in accordance with the Aerodrome Emergency Orders. There is no current disruption to services at the airport

– Council of the Isles of Scilly

Four people on board plane that crashed on Scilly

The plane overshot the runway and ended up in a field Credit: Scilly Today

A private plane overshot the runway at St Mary’s airport on the Isles of Scilly this afternoon, coming to a stop in a field above Old Town. Four people were on board, and all managed to exit the plane safely. Fire crews remain at the scene.

The airport say they will issue a statement later today.