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.
An artificial surfing lake in Bristol has been given the go-ahead. South Gloucestershire councillors have approved a £6m artificial lake with wave-making machine on farmland at Easter Compton.
Backers claim it will be the first of its kind in the world offering access to anyone, and could be open by next summer.
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.
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.
The M4 has been closed Eastbound between junctions 21 and 20 near Almondsbury on the outskirts of Bristol. Police say this section of the motorway is likely to be closed for the rest of the morning. Motorists are being advised to find an alternative route.
Lane closed and queueing traffic due to accident, two cars involved on M5 Northbound at J15 M4 (Almondsbury Interchange).
Traffic was already heavy in the area. Lane two (of three) is closed.