The wet and windy weather throughout Christmas has brought an unexpected gift for fossil hunters on the Jurassic Coast. A massive cliff fall has dropped hundreds of tonnes of fossil-rich rocks down to the beach at Charmouth in Dorset.
Boulders bigger than cars litter the beach after one of the biggest rock falls for years. It's been caused by a combination of very wet weather and very high tides. But there are warnings that the cliffs remain unstable and people are being advised to keep clear.
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.
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.
A flood warning has been issued by the Environment Agency for the River Char at Dolphins River Caravan Park at Charmouth in Dorset. Flooding is expected with rising river levels following heavy rain. More details here.
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.
The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for the River Char in Dorset at Dolphins River Caravan Park. Our cameraman filmed the river earlier today and says that at that stage it was swollen but not flooding.
He also went down to the sea at high tide and caught some quite impressive waves.
The Street in Charmouth including Catherston Cottages, Robyns Nest, Neighbridge Cottage and Kingfishers
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
There's been another landslide on the Jurassic Coast - this time at Charmouth. The coastguard has today issued a warning of the continuing dangers of rock falls and landslips along the Dorset coast.
Charmouth, which is about ten miles from the site of last month's fatal landslide at Burton Bradstock, is particularly popular with fossil hunters.