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Hallen Football Club to fold after council closes ground

Hallen has used the ground for more than 40 years. Credit: ITV News

An amateur football club near Bristol says it will have to fold after being "evicted" from the ground it has used for more than 40 years.

Hallen Football Club, who play in the Toolstation Premier and have several junior teams, say Almondsbury Parish Council is closing The Hallen Centre, which is used by the whole community.

The council said it has provided support to the club, but the centre could not be made financially viable.

It's easy to say we're not viable, but at the end of the day it's for the people and parishioners of Hallen. And yes there's people out there who probably don't live in the parish of Almonsbury, but they are children. They are there and they are enjoying their sports.

– Frank Fairman, Hallen FC Vice-Chairman


Police release CCTV images in connection with alleged sexual assault in Almondsbury

Police have issued CCTV images of two men they want to talk to in relation an alleged sexual assault on a 19-year-old woman Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Police have issued CCTV images of two men they want to talk to in relation an alleged sexual assault on a 19-year-old woman in an Almondsbury hotel.

Officers would like to talk to the men in the images in connection with the reported attack in a room of the Almondsbury Interchange Hotel on Saturday, February 28.

They particularly want to hear from a taxi driver who may have picked up the men at around 5am on March 1 and possibly took them to a military camp or into Bristol city centre.

One of the men is of mixed-race heritage, about 21, 5ft 8ins tall and of stocky build. The other is white, of similar age and build. Both had short hair shaved at the sides and back, and both wore long-sleeved, round-necked casual jumpers.

Late on the Saturday night, February 28, the men shared a taxi with the woman and a female friend from Pryzm nightclub in Bristol to the hotel. The woman recalls them making reference to a camp, presumably a military camp somewhere, perhaps in Somerset or Wiltshire, and we believe they would have called another cab to take them back to the city centre or to that camp in the morning.

– Avon and Somerset Police spokesman

Plans approved for inland surfing lake near Bristol

The West Country is to get its first surfing centre - not on the coast, but inland. Planners have today approved a £6m scheme for an artificial lake, complete with wave machine, on farmland near Bristol.

Its supporters argue it will provide more reliable surfing conditions than the sea itself, as Bob Constantine reports.

Surfing lake could be given go-ahead near Bristol

The lake would generate 2m waves Credit: ITV News West Country

England's first inland surfing lake could be given the go-ahead by South Gloucestershire councillors today.

The Wave Bristol hope to create the £6 million facility on land at Easter Compton near the M5. The lake would be able to generate waves nearly 2 metres high, at a frequency of 120 an hour.


Sexual assault in Almondsbury

A woman has been sexually assaulted in Almondsbury.

Police say the 27 year old was walking in the Scop around 3pm on Tuesday, when she was approached by a man who attacked her.

She managed to free herself and run off to call the Police.

Officers want to speak to any witnesses.

They are also appealing for a man, described as white, in his mid-20s, about 6 foot tall with short blonde hair and of skinny build, who was wearing cream coloured shorts, to contact them.