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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.


Bus drivers strike

Bus drivers are on strike this morning in Weymouth. It's because of a dispute over pay. Around 60 drivers at First Hampshire and Dorest have walked out for 24 hours. They say their pay has fallen dramatically behind drivers from over regions salaries.

Sixty driver on 24 hour strike in Weymouth. Credit: ITV West Country
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One Direction star Zayn Malik gets tattoo in Dorset shop

Zayn sits back as tattooist makes his mark Credit: Tattoo Magic

One Direction star Zayn Malik has visited a tattoo shop in Weymouth for a second time.

Girlfriend Perrie Edwards looks on Credit: Tattoo Magic

The first time he visited Tattoo Magic was with girlfriend and Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards.

Thumbs up from Zayn after his latest tattoo Credit: Tattoo Magic

Zayn liked the tattoo so much he returned again for another one.

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Weymouth tattoo artist inks Zayn from 1D

Zayn Malik, from boy band One Direction, has visited a tattoo shop in Weymouth.

The singer got inked at Tattoo Magic in King Street where he added to his growing collection of body art.

It is believed he has added more ink to his sleeve tattoo on his right arm.

Zayn visited Tattoo Magic in Weymouth to get a new tattoo Credit: Press Association


Jigsaw collapse to feature on ITV show tonight

The giant jigsaw contained 40,000 pieces and featured images of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Credit: ITV News West Country

The moment a giant jigsaw world record attempt in Weymouth fell apart fell has been selected as one of 2013’s funniest moments.

Dave Evans spent five weeks trying to create the world's largest handcut jigsaw. It had 40,000 pieces and featured images of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

But when Dave tried to move the jigsaw it collapsed. Now that moment will be featured on ITV's 2013: A Funny Old Year, tonight at 10.15pm.

An army of volunteers helped put it back together, and the jigsaw was put on display at Sandringham, the Queen’s holiday retreat, before being auctioned in aid of Help for Heroes.

Diesel recovered in Weymouth after thefts

12 large plastic drums containing red diesel were found. Credit: Dorset Police

Police in Weymouth are appealing for help from the public after a large amount of diesel was recovered in the town.

On Saturday, officers arrested three men on suspicion of theft.

Police Constable Andy Dickinson, of Weymouth Police, said: “Approximately 300 litres of red diesel believed to have been stolen from premises in Weymouth or in the surrounding area, has been recovered by police.

“I am appealing to anyone who has recently discovered a theft of red diesel, or recognises the items pictured, to contact the police as soon as possible.

“I would also like to hear from anyone who may have seen suspicious activity around farm premises, building sites or similar areas in the last few days.”

Three local men, two in their twenties and one in his fifties, have been arrested and released on police bail until the end of January 2014.

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