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South West bucks national trend as unemployment figures rise

The South West was the only region to see a rise in unemployment Credit: PA

The number of people out of work in the South West has risen in the last quarter - the only region to see a rise in Great Britain.

The South West has bucked the national trend, with the figures revealing unemployment has gone up by 7,000, to 126,000 in the three months to Feb 2015 - an increase of 4.6%.

But, despite the numbers, our region continues to have one of the highest employment rates with 76.8% in work.

New Hardy adaptation holds Dorset premiere

The adaptation of Hardy's classic was filmed in Dorset. Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Stars will gather in Dorset this evening for the premiere of Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd.

The adaptation was filmed in the county - and featured Hardy's Cottage in Higher Bockhampton. Locals were asked to appear as extras in the film - which stars Carey Mulligan in the story's lead role. The London Premiere took place on Wednesday.

Carey Mulligan stars as the story's main character, Bathsheba Everdene Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

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South West Water owners take over Bournemouth Water

South West Water's parent company has bought Bournemouth Water for £100.3 million.

The Exeter-based Pennon Group has assets of around £5 billion and a workforce of around 4,500 people.

The acquisition, they say, is part of the group's strategy to prepare for changes in the water industry.

Bournemouth Water is a water-only company serving a population of 437,600 people. South West Water provides water and sewerage services to 1.7 million customers in Devon and Cornwall, and parts of Dorset and Somerset.

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.

Anxious wait over as primary school places released

It is a big day for thousands of children as they discover which primary school they'll be going to in September

It is a big day for thousands of children as they discover which primary school they'll be going to in September.

Offers of places were sent out this morning, with many of our West Country councils reporting that the numbers of those offered one of their top three schools were up on last year.

But we want to hear from you - did you get one of your top choices? Let us know via email, or on Facebook.

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More of today's sunny pictures #SunshineSelfieWest

Aimee and her friends 'writing their dissertations' in Plymouth Credit: Aimee Craft
It was a family outing for the Stringer's as they enjoyed the sun in Helston, Cornwall Credit: Claire Stringer
Supporting England on the beach! Sarah Matthews and her family were at Paignton Beach in Devon Credit: Sarah Matthews
Sarah Dix captured this duck soaking up the rays in Somerset Credit: Sarah Dix

Enjoying the sunshine? Send us your selfies!

Our reporter Kathy Wardle shared her #sunshineselfiewest from the Gannel Estuary, Newquay.

Clare and Amy Stringer from Helston enjoyed the weather at a windy Praa Sands beach.

Credit: Clare Stringer

Elliott Williams sent us this picture of little Elsie enjoying the sun at Haytor.

Credit: Elliott Williams

Elliott also spotted this snake!

Credit: Elliott Williams

Campaigners say the NHS in Dorset is 'under threat' of more privatisation

Is more privatisation on the way? Credit: ITV News

The NHS in Dorset is 'under threat' of more privatisation, according to activists campaigning in Dorchester today.

They'll hand a letter in at the Clinical Commissioning Group, which organises the county's health services, and has launched a £2.75 million review of them.

The group says it'll consult the public before making changes.

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