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Fossil hunters out in force after Dorset landslip

The scene at Charmouth today Credit: ITV West Country

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.

Families pick over the rocks looking for fossils Credit: ITV West Country

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.

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.

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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