Isles of Scilly police officer job ad gets record response from around the world

Tresco, Isles of Scilly Cornwall

People from across the world have applied to be a police officer on the picturesque 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".

The islands are not renowned as a hot bed of crime but any potential candidate would need to know how to handle a stray seal in the high street or be able to pacify drunken chefs arguing about salt.

Crimes investigated by the officers recently include a goldfish found abandoned on the steps of the police station, a short sighted horse vandalising cars and a 50-year-old row over a shed.

Sergeant Colin Taylor, who posted the advert, said he forgot to mention the job was only open to serving Devon and Cornwall officers and that the deadline was April 3.

"I think I may have overcooked the job advert," he said.

"The phones were red hot at the police station all weekend.

"Commiserations go to hopefuls who contacted us from Ukraine, Texas, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Philippines, Thailand, Spain, Greece, loads from Italy, Australia, Germany, Portugal, South Africa and a smattering from England, Scotland and Ireland."

Fortunately for any potential candidate they will no longer have to share an office with Mowgli the cat - given the honorary title of deputy chief constable - as he has recently retired.

The UK's most beautiful islands (according to Tripadvisor)
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60 miles of unspoilt scenery, a wealth of history, one of the best music festivals out there and only a hop away on the ferry, what more could you want from the Isle of Wight? It also boasts some heavyweight gastronomy: foodies should visit the only Michelin-starred restaurant on the island: Robert Thompson's The Hambrough in Ventnor by the sea. 

Anglesey is a Welsh feast of towering cliffs, dunes, salt marshes, coastal heaths and sublime seascapes. Take it all in by wandering, cycling or riding the 125 mile coastal path that winds around 95 per cent of the island. If you can't tear yourself away from the sea then stay at the Anglesey Waters Edge, a converted B&B with a four-poster bed. 

Sitting between England and Ireland, with its acres of green pastures and low population numbers, this Isle of Man is known for its beauty as well as its golfing facilities. There are nine golf courses, all surrounded by panoramic views, squeezed onto this relatively small island and you can play them all with

One of the most southerly of the Scottish islands, Arran seems to have it all: pretty villages, rugged coastline, towering mountains and dense woodland. And it's the perfect place to sample Scotland's national drink. The Arran Malt distillery had been brewing single-malt since 1995 and visitors can take a tour of the distillery that starts with an introduction to the whiskey making process and ends with some essential sampling of the produce.

Spot dolphins and whales off the coastline, red deer in the hills and eagles and buzzards in the vast, moody skies: no surprises that this Hebridean gem makes the top five most beautiful isles. Top tip: Make sure you MacCulloch's Fossil Tree, an amazing standing fossil of a 50 million year old conifer tree, preserved in lava.

Lewis and Harris, the most northerly islands in the Hebrides, are peppered with white beaches, grey rocks and sea lochs, as well as ancient monoliths, Iron Age constructions and the most impressive megalithic standing stones in Europe: the Callinish Standing Stones

Skye's complex network of bays, inlets and coves are fringed by jagged ridges and some of the oldest castles and keeps in Scotland. Visit the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, marooned on an island at the point where three lochs meet and surrounded by some of the most rugged and beautiful scenery in the Hebirdes. Did you know? You'll find sheepskin souvenirs aplenty here. At Skyeskyns, a traditional tannery, where you can watch the tanners making leather and buy everything sheepskin from ear muffs to mules.

Golden sands, wild flowers and unspoilt countryside are just some of the things that have us going back time and time again to this Channel Island. According to the Jersey meteorological department, the island is also the warmest place in the British Isles. Top tip: Jersey is one of the UK's prime spots for coasteering or Blokarting (land yachting along the beach).

Remote, windswept and heather-strewn: it's no surprise that the Orkneys took first place in the best island awards. The rolling hills of Orkney's mainland were first written about by Greek explorer Pytheas in 224BC on his voyage to the edge of the world and it's inspired visitors ever since. Did you know? The Orkneys are home to Europe's oldest standing house, the 5,500 year-old Knap of Howar on Papa Westray. Orkney is in the Guinness Book of Records for the world's shortest scheduled flight; Westray to Papa Westray, with a flying time of less than two minutes...

It may only be 12 miles long, but what Guernsey lacks in size it makes up for in scenery. Britain used to fight with their French neighbours over this strategically placed island jewel, but nowadays the only battle you'll face is where to eat. An English fish and chippie or a Parisienne-style cafe, perhaps? Top tip: The Farmhouse Hotel and Restaurant, a four-star boutique hotel in the picturesque Parish of St Saviours, offers traditional afternoon tea served with Perrier-Jouet champagne and lashings of Guernsey clotted cream.


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Saint Lucia? This is Vatersay beach in Scotland's Outer Hebrides, the southern-most inhabited island and one of the most scenic and beautiful in the archipelago. With vast white sandy beaches and turquoise waters comparable to those found in the Caribbean, time spent on this idyllic island will be memorable for a long time to come. It has great views towards the now uninhabited islands of Sandray, Pabbay and Mingulay and is home to some of the largest colonies of seabirds including razorbill, gannet, guillemot and puffin.

The crystal clear water at Port Gaverne near Port Isaac could be easily mistaken for a Caribbean beach. The sheltered, narrow cove has plenty of sand at low tide and may be the quaintest cove in North Cornwall nestling in under the cliffs. At high tide, it is an excellent diving spot and the sunset is as dreamy as you'll find in Antigua.

Wow! Look at that powder white sand. It could be mistaken for a secluded spot in the Virgin Islands, but this stunning stretch of sand is in Shetland. The Sands of Breckon is a white sand beach in the North of Yell, which has the largest area of shell sand dune and dune grassland in Shetland. The beautiful blue flag beach is sheltered from the prevailing south-westerly winds and provides a wonderful view of the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean.
This breathtaking beach in Wales reminds us of the idyllic sands of St Barts or Grenada. Harlech’s huge, peaceful beach is not just flat sand – the beautiful sand dunes here are a prized feature, the reason behind the area’s designation as a National Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest. The beach is an ideal place for children to play and an even better spot for adults to sit back and relax. Near the beach there’s a shop, café and the internationally famous Royal St David’s Golf Club, one of Britain’s finest links courses.
This spectacular sandy beach forms a white arc between two headlands on the North Antrim coast. In this secluded location, even on a busy day there is plenty of room for quiet relaxation. Whitepark Bay is backed by ancient dunes that provide a range of rich habitats for bird and animal life. The Caribbean-esque beach has a golden stretch of sand, perfect for lazy summer days, picnic and long walks.
Rhossili Bay boasts a three-mile sandy beach, overlooked by National Trust holiday cottage, the Old Rectory. Visible on the beach at low tide are the remains of the Helvetia, a ship wrecked in 1887. From the top of Rhossili Down, the highest point on Gower, views of the peninsula can be seen as well as across the sea to West Wales, Lundy Island and the north Devon coast. The stunning beach fought off competition from many beaches in the Caribbean to be named one of the world's best in a 2013 TripAdvisor survey.
Secluded Kynance Cove on Cornwall's Lizard Peninsula is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world - and you can see why! Its defining features are the serpentine rock formations with a distinctive pinnacle to the north of the beach. The beautiful beach, with its Caribbean-style sand and crystal clear water is one of Cornwall's most photographed spots.
A small bay backed by dunes and pine trees, accessible only by a half-mile walk from the nearest car park, Barafundle Bay has been voted many times as one of the best beaches in Britain and the world. Swathes of golden sand and crystal clear waters, it is often likened to a Caribbean beach. If you're looking for an isolated spot, this pristine beach is the place and has no facilities.
The beaches on small Outer Hebridean island Berneray are so beautiful that one was once mistakenly used in a campaign by the Thailand Tourist Board to promote the Asian country's beaches! The picturesque West Beach (pictured) is a three-mile stretch of machair bordered by white sand.
The superb tidal sands and beautiful shallow lagoons at Pedn Voudner in Treen make it a fantastic option for beachgoers looking for a taste of the Caribbean. Set between Logan Rock and Porthcurno, the beach is accessible by boat or from the coasta foot path along the cliffs. It is also an unofficial naturist beach - the perfect spot to strip off!
A favourite among locals and visitors, Portrush Whiterocks Beach is famed for its limestone cliffs, grassy knolls and incredible views. The sandy beach is a popular place for surfing and bodyboarding, and is home to a labyrinth of specatacular caves and arches including Shelagh's Head, the Wishing Arch and Lion's Paw.
Running from the pier at Ballycastle Marina at the western end to Pans Rock in the east, Ballycastle Beach is a fabulous 1.2km beach with beautiful sand and some shingle. A lovely spot for bathing and walking, in the distance you can see the Pans Rocks rock formation jutting out into the sea and the hidden Devil's Churn, with its underwater sea tunnel.
With its white sand and turquoise waters, Alchmelvich is a pretty beach popular for water skiing and kayaking. In the summer you can spot porpoisess swimming and the blue flag beach attracts fishermen, with cod, haddock, whiting, pollack, saithe and mackerel being common catches.
Described by visitors as a paradise, Porthcurno, located in the far west of Cornwall is famed for its gorgeous fine soft white sand washed by a sea that turns turquoise in the sun and high cliffs on both sides. The oasis of stunning natural beauty is popular with families and has a stream that flows down one side.

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