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Summary

  1. Chancellor announces plans for a West of England mayor
  2. Crossing the Severn bridges into Wales to become cheaper from 2018
  3. Police confirm Patchway body is DJ Derek
  4. Updates from Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare on Wednesday, 16 March 2016

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  1. Dry, pleasant and sunny Thursday ahead

    Weather for 17th March 2016

    That's it for this evening on our live update page for Bristol, Bath and Weston.

    Before we go, tomorrow's weather will be dry with long sunny spells and those chilly winds will ease so it'll feel pleasant in the sunshine.

  2. West of England mayor: What is the next step?

    So the plans for a metro mayor are out in the open - but what happens next?

    The leaders of all four councils have already negotiated proposals to devolve power to a regional level.

    Now, they need to be debated by each of the councils who will need to formally support them before anything can happen.

    George Osborne, Budget 2016
  3. DJ Derek memorial mural fundraiser planned

    A gig is being planned in St Werburghs to raise money for a mural in memory of DJ Derek.

    Derek Serpell-Morris's body was found in Patchway last week after he went missing last summer.

    The 73-year-old was known for playing a blend of 1960s rocksteady, reggae, ska, dancehall and soul music loved by thousands of fans.

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  4. Racecourse director gets call from football boss

    Footballer urine row

    Ian Renton, director of Cheltenham Racecourse says he's spoken to the majority shareholder of Bristol City FC, Stephen Lansdown, after a row over footballers' behaviour at the festival this week.

    A group of footballers, including those from Bristol City, were seen apparently urinating into glasses and throwing the contents over the balcony.

    Speaking on BBC Points West, Mr Renton said Mr Lansdown rang him this morning which he appreciated.

  5. Team Bath Netball looking to bounce back after Storm defeat

    Team Bath Netball are hoping to demonstrate their winning ways when they take on Yorkshire Jets this Friday, the University of Bath reports.

    Netball match
  6. Tampon tax cash for Bristol sex-work charity

    One25 sex-worker charity helping women on the streets

    A Bristol charity's been told it's getting £65,000 from the treasury's £12m Tampon Tax Fund.

    One25 helps women leaving street prostitution and the other problems that come with it such as drug addiction. It currently supports about 230 women.

    Josie Forsyth from the charity said the money would give them a chance to offer the woman a "safe roof over their heads; a life free from violence [and] support to register with a GP and improve their health".

  7. Cheaper Severn Bridge tolls: Your reaction

    Severn Bridge Toll crossing

    Tolls on the two Severn Crossings are set to be halved from 2018 when the bridges returns to public ownership.

    It costs £6.60 for cars to cross the bridges so will it really mean more cash in your pocket?

    Here's a look at what you've said on the BBC Points West Facebook page:

    Anthony Dunn said: "Who has odds on the tolls rising to £13.20 just before then?" while Roger Hook wrote, "it's a start I suppose but these tolls should have been scrapped years ago."

    Martin Harrop wrote: "Paying to get into Wales is an outrage. They should be paying people to enter!! lol."

  8. Black alert stood down across A&E departments

    Health bosses have said A&E units in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset are no longer on black alert but demand is still high.

    The warning was made on Monday as emergency departments could not cope.

    If you're not sure what to do, call 111 for medical advice.

    Hospital ward generic
  9. Cash announced for 18a motorway junction study

    George Osborne posed with his Treasury team before the Budget speech

    Buried deep in the Budget document

    • To provide £500,000 to fund a study into a new junction 18a on the M4 to link with the Avon ring road A4174
    • Weston-super-Mare railway station to share £16m with eight other stations for improvements
    • Trials of comparative fuel price signs on the M5 between Bristol and Exeter by spring 2016
  10. Clevedon's bid for tuk tuk rides: Your views

    tuk tuk in Thailand

    Auto-rickshaws, also known as tuk tuks, could soon be a familiar sight in Clevedon.

    The town's Chamber of Commerce wants to buy of a couple of them to help visitors and residents get around town more easily.

    This is what you've been telling us on BBC Radio Bristol's Facebook page.

    Quote Message: Not sure if they would be considered safe enough in the UK, I love them. from Daniel Edward Stokes
    Daniel Edward Stokes
    Quote Message: We had a tuk tuk on holiday... it was brilliant fun. from Julie Burton
    Julie Burton
  11. West of England mayor: What does it mean?

    Chancellor George Osborne

    Chancellor George Osborne has announced plans for a West of England mayor in his budget speech.

    But what does this role mean?

    • The regional mayor would have extra powers over transport, housing and health
    • Before the new role is brought in, all four councils around Bristol and Bath would need to back it
    • The idea is controversial as some believe funding would be poured into Bristol at the expense of rural areas
    • But for others it would mean better long-term strategic planning for areas like housing
    • If the councils sign up to the new structure, the West of England Partnership has said the government would invest £1bn into the region
  12. RIP DJ Derek

    DJ Derek infographic
  13. Could a tuk tuk be the answer to Clevedon's prayers?

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    Clevedon's Chamber of Commerce hopes to buy a couple of tuk tuks to help ferry residents and visitors around the town. 

  14. Do we really need another mayor?

    Chancellor George Osborne has announced plans for a West of England mayor as part of wider devolution plans.

    It would see Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire having an elected mayor in charge of transport and housing - if all councils agree to it.

    Conservative North East Somerset MP, Jacob Rees-Moggs described the move as, "highly disadvantageous to my constituents and potentially destructive to local government".

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  15. Schoolboys bailed after knife attack

    Worle Community School

    Two teenage boys have been bailed after a pupil was slashed with a knife at Worle Community School on Monday.

    The 15-year-old victim was treated in hospital but released the same day. One of the boys, 15, was held on suspicion of GBH with intent and ABH. 

    The second, aged 16, was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice, possession of a bladed article and assisting an offender.

  16. Crossing the bridges into Wales to become cheaper

    Second Severn Crossing

    Good news if you drive to and from Wales.

    Tolls on the Severn Crossings will be halved from 2018, chancellor George Osborne has said during his budget speech.

    It costs £6.60 to cross the bridge at the moment but that will drop when they return to public ownership in two years' time.

  17. In pictures: Keynsham ambulance fire

    Ambulance fire

    Did you see the ambulance on fire this morning in Keynsham High Street?  

    Ambulance fire

    Luckily no patient was on board at the time.

    South Western Ambulance Service said it would be investigating the cause.

    Ambulance fire

    Thanks to Jim Collings for emailing these pictures to bristol@bbc.co.uk

  18. BreakingPolice confirm Patchway body is DJ Derek

    Human remains found in Patchway last week have been formally identified as belonging to the missing 73-year-old, Derek Serpell-Morris, better known as DJ Derek.

    Police had previously said they strongly believed the body found near Cribbs Causeway was the missing DJ, but now DNA tests have confirmed their suspicions.

    DJ Derek
  19. Your reaction to Cheltenham Festival pictures in the papers

    Cheltenham Festival race

    You've been having your say about the newspaper photos which appear to show a footballer urinating into a pint glass.

    Betty White writes: "What on earth do they think they were doing this is not a way to impress people especially young fans they are a disgrace to the game."

    And Sue Lang says: "If it was someone in a town on A saturday night they would be charged with beach (sic)of the law. Make me disgusted".

    Frances Ritchie says: "Suspend them without pay for the rest of the season, they're a disgrace".  

    But Ritchie Jackman points out: "We don't have a big enough squad to sack them".