A man has been sentenced to nine years at Bristol Crown Court for kidnapping and a sex attack on a 15-year-old girl in Weston-super-Mare in July 1983.
David Green from Birmingham was caught following a Cold Case review which re-examined DNA taken from the victim's clothing.
Traffic is at a standstill and queues are tailing back for 11 miles after a crash on the M5.
The northbound carriageway is closed between J22 for Burnham-on-Sea and J21 for Weston-super-Mare. Congestion is as far back at Bridgwater.
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A father and son have been rescued by Burnham's rescue hovercraft after getting into difficulty in deep mud almost a mile from the shore at Weston-super Mare on Sunday (3 July).
BARB Search & Rescue's rescue hovercraft was called out by Weston Coastguards to fly the eight year-old boy and his father out of danger.
The two had waded out across the mudflats to reach the sea. They were seen struggling through the mud with a fast incoming tide nearby, so for their welfare the hovercraft was tasked with flying them back to safety."
It was a busy afternoon for BARB's volunteer crew
The hovercraft was already in Weston for the town's rescue services day and it also helped Weston Coastguards check on the welfare of six other mud walkers who were seen wading out towards the sea between the Grand Pier at Uphill.
Our advice is to heed the warning signs and stay at the top of the beach away from mud and soft sand.
A man has been charged with attempted Grievous Bodily Harm following an attack on a police officer.
21-year-old Gilberto Venacio Kissa, from Enfield in London, has also been charged with possessing an offensive weapon in a public place.
It follows an incident on Locking Road on Monday evening.
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Hopes that the elusive urban artist Banksy might be returning to Weston-super-Mare have been dashed after the council denied any such rumours.
The Bristol artist pulled in the crowds in August and September 2016 with his antidote to theme parks, Dismaland, which he built in the former Tropicana on the seafront.
A Facebook group has claimed that he would be returning to the same venue with Happyland - in contrast to the miserable set up which proved so popular with visitors of all ages.
But any speculation has been quashed by North Somerset Council which says lots of events are planned for the Tropicana over the summer but none of them are Banksy's