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200 million-year-old fossil found on Boxing Day

The almost complete skeleton was revealed by storms at Black Ven near Charmouth on Boxing Day. Credit: ITV News West Country

An amateur fossil-hunter from Chippenham in Wiltshire has found an ichthyosaur on the Dorset coast. The almost complete skeleton was revealed by storms at Black Ven near Charmouth on Boxing Day.

It was removed in an 8 hour operation, just before another storm was due to hit. The finder, Alan Saxon, says he hopes it will end up on display.

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A35 Charmouth closed due to serious accident

The A35 in Dorset is closed due to a serious accident this afternoon involving three vehicles between A3052 (Charmouth) and B3165 (Axminster).

It happened by the Hunters Lodge Inn and is causing big delays in the area. Police say the road is likely to be closed for some time.

A diversion is in place via Bridport, Crewkerne, Chard and Axminster. Westbound traffic should follow the hollow black square, eastbound should follow the solid black square.

Dog and owner swept out to sea

The woman was walking her dog along Charmouth beach. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Archive

A woman and her dog have been swept out to sea from a beach in Dorset.

The Portland search and rescue helicopter and the Lyme Regis lifeboat were scrambled after the pair were caught by a wave at Charmouth yesterday.

The owner made it back to shore unaided and uninjured. She was checked over by the helicopter winchman who is also a paramedic, but the dog - a Jack Russell called Millie, is missing.

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Teenager rescued after going missing in Dorset

A teenager has been airlifted to safety after going missing on the coast path in Dorset. Police were called out last night to search for the 13 year old boy. He was last seen leaving Lyme Regis football club to walk home to Charmouth. He was found in undergrowth suffering from cuts and bruises.

He was flown out by the coastguard helicopter because of the difficulty of the terrain and then taken to hospital by ambulance

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