New Cornwall And Isles Of Scilly Coroner Area Comes Into Force

Inquests in Scilly are held at the Old Wesleyan Chapel

Inquests in Scilly are held at the Old Wesleyan Chapel

The control of more islands’ services are being transferred to the mainland following the announcement that Scilly’s Coroner Service has been merged with Cornwall.

The new Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Coroner Area, headed by Senior Coroner Emma Carlyon, will be administered by Cornwall Council from Truro.

The authority will be reimbursed by Scilly’s Council under a new service agreement.

Councillors voted to merge the two services back in October 2013, shortly after the announcement that Scilly’s longstanding district Coroner, Ian Arrow, was resigning.

Mr Arrow is staying on to assist in the new organisation.

Inquests relating to deaths on the islands will be held either in Scilly or in Cornwall depending on the circumstances of the case.

The new Coroners’ Office says all reports of deaths should be made directly to them on 01872 227191 or through Devon and Cornwall Police.