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A drone has successfully carried supplies from the mainland to the Isles of Scilly for the first time.

It completed the 60-mile (97km) round trip, delivering an NHS supply box to St Mary’s airport.

The Isles of Scilly Steamship Group (ISSG) said the flight “paves the way” for a “new lifeline connection” with the remote islands off Cornwall.

The unmanned vehicle returned to Land’s End airport with local produce including gin and flowers.

Currently most freight is carried to the islands by ship, with some being taken alongside passengers on planes.

Drones could carry items including medical supplies and urgent vehicle parts.

Read the full article from BBC News here.