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WATCH: Dolphins decide to race Dorset rowers

Bottlenose dolphins showed up beside the boat. Credit: Bridport Gig Club

See the wonderful moment a pod of dolphins decided to race a rowing boat off the coast of Bridport in Dorset.

It was captured by members of the Bridport Gig Club at West Bay, as some of their junior members rowed past the iconic East Cliff.

The rowers said they were amazed to see the playful bottlenose dolphins swimming alongside the boat.

Woman gives birth - WITHOUT knowing she's pregnant

For anyone who's struggled through nine months of pregnancy facing morning sickness, cravings and tiredness - it's almost impossible to believe that someone could give birth without realising they were even pregnant.

But that's what happened to 24-year-old Nikki Kelly from Bridport in Dorset, when on the 5th January she gave birth to son James on the bathroom floor.

Jonty Messer reports.


Corn dolly record attempt

Audrey Rolfe is attempting to weave the world's longest corn dolly Credit: ITV Westcountry

A pensioner from Bridport is hoping to weave the world's longest corn dolly.

Audrey Rolfe's efforts will be on show at this weekend's Dorset County Show. She's aiming for it to be 60 feet long.

Corn dollies are plaited to celebrate the harvest. She's chosen a design known as a Welsh fan.

CCTV image following Bridport shop theft

Do you recognise this person ? Credit: Dorset Police

Police in Bridport have issued a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to following a theft from a shop in the town.

The incident took place at around 11.30am on Tuesday 7 January 2014 in Waitrose along West Street.

A man took two large bottles of red label Smirnoff Ice Vodka and left the shop without paying.

Police Constable James Mullin, of Bridport police, said: “Following enquiries, I am now able to release a CCTV image of a man who may be able to help us with our investigation.

“I would urge the man pictured – and anyone who recognises him – to call Dorset Police, in confidence, as soon as possible.

“I am also appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident to contact police.”

No arrests have been made.

Appeal for missing Bridport man

Phillip Guppy has been missing since Sunday

There's concern for the welfare of a man who went missing in Bridport two days ago. Phillip Guppy was last seen in the Crown Pub at West Bay at around 11pm on Sunday. Police believe he left the pub to walk home to Alexandra Road but has not been seen since.

Mr Guppy is 5ft 9in tall, of slim build, with black balding hair. He wears black metal framed glasses. When he was last seen he was dressed in a white shirt, possibly with a thin strip, blue jeans, a thin blue zip-up jacket and a flat cap.


Public loos saved

A businesswoman from Dorset has just paid more than £100,000 so other people can spend a penny.

Caroline Parkins bid more than property developers to buy a former block of public toilets in Bridport.

The loos were closed by the council last year. Caroline now plans to re-open them for the community.

Our correspondent Duncan Sleightholme reports.

Fire damaged Dorset school re-opens

Pupils see the refurbished school for the first time. Credit: ITV News West Country

A primary school in Dorset severely damaged by fire two years ago has officially re-opened.

There's been great excitement as pupils at Powerstock Primary near Bridport saw the refurbished school for the first time.

They've been having lessons in the village hall while the school was rebuilt.

Parts of the building date back to the 16th century. The fire was caused by an electrical fault.

Van driver killed in crash near Bridport

Map of the crash on the A35 two miles east of Bridport Credit: ITV News West Country

A man was killed and another seriously injured in a crash involving three vans in Dorset.

It happened outside Woodlands Farm on the A35 near Bridport at 6pm on Monday night.

A 49-year-old man from Cleveland died at the scene.

A 32-year-old man from Bournemouth was airlifted to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

The third van driver, a 48-year-old man from Wareham, suffered minor injuries.

The road was closed for 12 hours while investigations took place.

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