Now, he's one of the most well-known faces of children's television. But he's causing controversy in Bournemouth.
You see - the council has threatened to impound Zippy - the shop mascot - for being a hazard to pedestrians. But now the shop has started a campaign to put Mr Zippy back. Sally Simmonds has been to investigate.
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Amanda Houston has the lunchtime forecast for the west of the ITV Meridian Meridian region.
Amanda Houston has the lunchtime forecast for the east of the region.
The latest weather forecast for the west of the region from Amanda Houston.