Three cows were left stranded in the middle of the A35 after their trailer unhitched from a moving vehicle.

The incident happened near the Lyme Regis roundabout by the A3052 just after 8am when police were alerted to the trailer which was in a dangerous position on the road after receiving a 999 call.

Officers attending the stranded cows and proceeded to direct traffic whilst a tractor came to recover the farmyard animals.

As earlier reported by the News, traffic was slowed in both directions from The Newlands Holiday Park to the roundabout as the cows were recovered.

The cows were unharmed and there were no injuries to any people or damage to any vehicles.

Normal traffic resumed at around 9.15am and police left the scene.

A spokesperson for Dorset Police said: "Dorset Police were alerted to an incident involving a trailer that had unhitched in the middle of the road on the A35 near the Lyme Regis Roundabout after call to 999.

"Officers were there very quickly and a tractor was on its way which arrived at 8.11am. Police were stopping traffic to allow the tractor to recover the trailer and left the scene at 9.14am."