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Summary

  1. Bristol Rovers' bid to force Sainsbury's to buy Memorial Stadium thrown out at High Court
  2. Club management say they are "looking closely" at the judgement
  3. Bristol City defending Luke Ayling apologises after Cheltenham urine row
  4. Live updates for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare on Thursday, 17 March 2016

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. We're off for now...

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    But tune into Emma Britton tomorrow morning on BBC Radio Bristol from 6.30am

    She'll be asking whether landlords should be offering accommodation to Syrian refugees.

    And after students at a school in Weston filmed a knife attack - should pupils be allowed to take their mobiles to school?

  2. Wrap-up warm - it's getting colder again

    Staying clear this evening and during the first part of the night. 

    Friday will be cloudy and noticeably colder compared to Thursday.  

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  3. Rees-Mogg says 'no' to the return of Avon

    Misty fields

    Plans to create a directly elected West of England mayor are "dreadful" and should be rejected, according to one local MP.

    Conservative Jacob Rees-Mogg urged Somerset councils to oppose a "recreation of Avon", the former county abolished in 1996, for "a trivial amount of money".  

  4. DJ Derek mural

    A life size mural of DJ Derek is being highlighted on social media after news the legendary Bristol DJ's remains have been found. This photo was snapped by Gus Hoyt in Montpelier, but the mural has been there for some time.

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  5. UWE still hopeful to host Rovers stadium

    Artist's impression of proposed stadium

    The University of the West of England said while the High Court decision was "disappointing" it has held back some land on its campus in anticipation that something can be sorted for the stadium with Rovers.

    Quote Message: We still believe that the region deserves a state of the art stadium and that the proposal that won planning and community support is still an excellent way forward.” from Bill Marshall UWE Pro Vice Chancellor
    Bill MarshallUWE Pro Vice Chancellor
  6. In the dog house? Can you help the police with a caption for this photo?

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    Can you think of something witty to help the boys in blue and their canine companions?

  7. Rovers owners still backing new stadium

    Sainsbury's £30m contract to buy the club's 12,000-capacity stadium was signed in December 2011

    Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol, Toni Watola said the club's new owners are still backing the new stadium. 

    Quote Message: "They want to develop the UWE stadium. They have always said that the result of the Sainsbury's case does not determine whether they continue with it." from Toni Watola Rovers chief operations officer
    Toni WatolaRovers chief operations officer
  8. Rovers stadium saga explained in 60 seconds

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    BBC Radio Bristol's Geoff Twentyman explains the background behind Thursday's High Court decision.

  9. Make sure you smile at the officers, you're on camera

    Body worn cameras - trial in 2014

    Police officers in Avon and Somerset will soon be using body worn cameras - after a successful trial by the Met Police in 2014.

    The camera which looks like a square black case will be part of the officer's uniform - and if they are used, the officer will tell you.

    Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens believes they will improve openness and transparency.  

    Body worn cameras - trial in 2014 by Met Police
  10. Having a gas about vintage Rovers' games

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    If you're a Bristol Rovers fan, you'll remember January 2002 when Rovers beat Derby County 3:1.

    What are your memories of this special day?

    BBC Radio Bristol's Geoff Twentyman wants to hear from you and you can get in touch via our Facebook page, on Twitter or by email.  

  11. Arena island bridge named after Bristolian entrepreneur

    Brock Bridge

    A new bridge being built as part of Bristol's arena island project has been officially named after a local Victorian entrepreneur.

    Brock's Bridge has been named after William Brock, who came from Devon to make his name in the city.

    He set up a factory near Temple Meads and was involved in building St Phillips Bridge, Bristol Bridge and Bedminster Bridge.

    Brock Bridge
  12. Happy St Patrick's Day

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  13. In your local newspapers

    In the papers

    - Western Daily Press: Bristol City to take no action over players' behaviour at Cheltenham Festival

    - Bath Chronicle:  Bath is crawling with ticks, says leading vet

    - Bristol Post: "Referendum should be held to decide on Metro Mayor

    - North Somerset Times: Fears cash cuts will hinder GPs and reduce services to patients

  14. All singing, no dancing: Keynsham retired choir say it's 'fun'

    This choir in Keynsham hadn't sung together before. It was their first meet up and it's made up of retirees who want to get together for a fun activity.

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    They're working towards a concert in July.

  15. Long time plans to get a new ground

    Bristol Rovers have been trying to either expand their stadium or move to a new one as far back as 2005.

    The club announced plans to redevelop the Mem into an 18,000-seater stadium then, but plans were delayed and eventually shelved before the plan to move to Stoke Gifford - alongside the University of the West of England - were hatched.

    The plans were rubber-stamped in 2013, but with considerable local opposition to the supermarket.

    Stoke Gifford UWE stadium
  16. George Ferguson 'won't run as West mayor'

    Bristol mayor George Ferguson is backing plans for a "West of England mayor" as part of a deal with the government but says he won't run for the job.

    He told BBC Radio Bristol earlier: "Absolutely not, I've said that very clearly. I think that would frighten the shire horses."  

    George Ferguson

    He also took issue with North East Somerset MP Jacob Rees-Mogg describing it as a "dreadful deal" which was basically "a recreation of Avon".

    The MP accused the mayor of "mathematical gymnastics" over claims about how much the deal was worth - Mr Ferguson described the MP as "an old-fashioned centralist".

  17. Bristol City player apologises after Cheltenham urine row

    Bristol City defender Luke Ayling has apologised after he was pictured with two other footballers who were seen urinating into a glass and throwing the contents over a balcony at the Cheltenham Festival.

    In a statement he said: "Looking at the pictures in the cold light of day I regret, firstly, that I put myself in that situation and secondly that I didn't remove myself from it earlier. 

    Luke Ayling

    "We were on a sanctioned team day out and I'm devastated it ended up in the national media and causing offence."

    He added he was "grateful" for the thorough investigation which has cleared him of any indecent behaviour.