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Record attempt in memory of Andrew Simpson

The event is being held in memory of Andrew Credit: Chris Ison/PA Archive

A record-breaking bid in memory of Olympic sailor Andrew Simpson is being held in Weymouth.

More than 13,000 sailors have signed up from 750 clubs in 65 countries for the first ever Bart’s Bash, which is aiming to set a record for the largest sailing event in the world.

The event is in memory of Andrew "Bart" Simpson, who was killed while training for the America's Cup in May 2013.


11-year-old boy goes missing in Dorset

George Pugh-Sargent was last seen near the cafe and car park at Ringstead Bay near Weymouth Credit: ITV News

Police are increasingly concerned for an 11-year-old boy who went missing in Dorset at lunchtime today (Monday 1 September).

George Pugh-Sargent, who is from Dorchester, was last seen near the cafe and car park for Ringstead Bay between Weymouth and Lulworth.

He has a disability that affects his behaviour and makes him particularly vulnerable.

He is 5'3", has short blond hair and was wearing a Hawaiian shirt with braces and black shorts.

Claim for improvements to Condor ferry terminal

Claims for improvements to Condor ferry terminal Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Images

The MP for South Dorset will put Weymouth's claim for ten million pounds worth of improvements to the Condor Ferry terminal to the Transport Minister today. Richard Drax will lead a delegation from the town to Westminster to see Stephen Hammond.

The MP says that without the upgrades the company could walk away from the town.

Warning over giant jellyfish

The Marine Conservation Society is warning that warm weather in the south west could bring an influx of giant jellyfish to our coasts. A number of giant barrel jellyfish have already been washed up at Portland and Weymouth.

The species is harmless but the MCS says it's keen to hear from anyone who finds them.

The MCS says it's keen to hear from anyone who finds them. Credit: ITV News West Country


Community group takes over Weymouth's kite festival

Kites on the beach at Weymouth. Credit: ITV News West Country

A community group is taking over this year's kite festival in Weymouth.

The Borough Council will no longer fund it because of budget cuts. The three day event in May attracts thousands of spectators, and starts on Saturday 3rd.

The festival's been running for more than 20 years.

Sand sculptures wow the crowds in Weymouth.

Some of the world's best sand sculptors are in Weymouth creating dazzling displays.

This year's theme is books and authors, so there are things like a Frankenstein's monster and scenes from Alice in Wonderland.

The displays use sand from the town's beach which the sculptors describe as the finest in the world. Our Dorset correspondent Duncan Sleightholme reports.

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