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  1. Live updates for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare for Monday, 18 April 2016

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All times stated are UK

  1. The Commons coming to Bristol?

    A group of architects has proposed that Parliament comes to Bristol during the refurbishment of the Palace of Westminster.

    A design firm has floated the idea to provoke debate around devolved power.

    But North East Somerset MP Jacob Rees-Mogg - who sits on the committee reviewing the future of the 150-year-old building - said the idea was too expensive.

    Robin Markwell has been finding out more.

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    Video caption: A group of architects want the Commons, during its refurbishment, to come to Bristol.

    That's it for Local Live for today. We'll be back at 7am on Tuesday.

  2. Bristol City proud of Oscar Pycroft - Johnson

    Oscar Pycroft

    More reaction has been coming in throughout the day to eight-year-old Oscar Pycroft's Supporter of the Year Award, including from the Bristol City manager himself.

    "It's a fantastic story," Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Bristol. "We need to be in touch with our fans.

    "Everybody is very proud of him and his family, for achieving the award because there are a lot of people that would deserve an award like that.

    "So to come out on to is a nice day for the club and I think showed what our real spirit is about."

  3. Keepers fulfil tall order of birthday cake for giraffe

    Gerald the giraffe

    Happy birthday Gerald ... The popular giraffe from Noah's Ark Zoo Farm turned 12 on Friday.

    He enjoyed a cake made from a yummy mix of feed pellets, carrots and apples which the whole family of giraffes also munched during their special birthday party tea.

    Gerald may or may not have once eaten a BBC camera. Which is not like a cake at all.

  4. Child sexual exploitation risk for missing young people

    Avon and Somerset Police are highlighting their concerns over young people who are at risk of child sexual exploitation when they go missing regularly.

    The issue of going missing is being highlighted on Radio Bristol this week ahead of DJ Derek's funeral on Friday.

    Derek Serpell-Morris went missing last July and his body was found in March near Cribbs Causeway in Bristol - despite high profile efforts by his family and the police to find him.

    Neighbourood manager, Insp Nigel Colston spoke to BBC Radio Bristol about the risks of going missing for young people.

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    Video caption: Avon and Somerset Police highlight concerns over young people who go missing regularly.
  5. Parliament in Bristol: 'Constitutional problem' says MP

    An idea to move the Houses of Parliament to Bristol while major refurbishments take place at the Palace of Westminster would be unworkable, according to a Somerset MP.

    Conservative North East Somerset MP, Jacob Rees-Mogg, who's on the committee reviewing the future of the Houses of Parliament said: "Parliament needs to be where the government is and you would have to move the whole government to Bristol.

    "This may be a good idea but then Bristol would have to be the capital of the United Kingdom."

    The idea would involve replacing the old Post Office building near Temple Meads with a parliament building.

    Old Post Office building near Temple Meads, Bristol
  6. Lunchtime headlines from your local papers

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    Here's a selection of the stories being featured in the local papers for Bristol, Bath and Weston this Monday lunchtime:

    Bristol Post:Body of a man recovered from Avon Gorge

    Bath Chronicle: 'Pee-powered' cell that generates energy from urine developed by University of Bath researchers

    Weston Mercury:Hospital pays out after ‘pathetic’ incidents lead to mother’s death

    Midsomer Norton Radstock and District Journal:Grayson Perry exhibition attracts record-breaking visitor numbers

  7. Design firm's idea for new parliament building in Bristol

    Could the Houses of Parliament move to Bristol while the Palace of Westminster undergoes major refurbishment work?

    MPs may need to be relocated while the work takes place and the idea has won some support nationally in features published in the Guardian and The Times.

    A London design firm is due to unveil its vision of a Bristol parliament later today, which involves replacing the derelict Royal Mail building by Bristol Temple Meads.

    Is this a realistic prospect? Get in touch with us via emailFacebook or Twitter to tell us what you think of the idea.

    Bristol parliament design
  8. Bridge replacement works take place in Bath

    New 'Destructor' bridge design

    Work begins today on replacing a bridge over the River Avon in Bath.

    The old 'Destructor Bridge' was a one-way Victorian structure - but the new version is two-way. 

    Developers say it will take three days to set up and it will connect a new multi-million pound Riverside development with the Upper Bristol Road.

  9. Bristol City super fan steals the show in awards ceremony

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    Eight-year-old Oskar Pycroft has been named supporter of the year by the Football League.

    Oskar, who has cerebral palsy, is well-known for his love of Bristol City - having led the team out onto the pitch after an operation to help him walk.

    You've been sharing your comments on the BBC Points West Facebook page and on Twitter.

    Tim Rose wrote: "Well deserved young man. From the blue side of town."

    Janet Wooster wrote: "Well done from a Gas Head."

  10. Cafe owner ends epic running challenge

    A Bristol cafe owner has completed his epic run from John O'Groats to Land's End in 17 days, Bristol24/7 reports.

    Andy Persson, cafe owner, Bristol
  11. Bristol primary school places: Appeals explained

    Primary school pupils

    So far we've heard that most parents in Bristol - some 86.7 percent -  got their first choice of primary school for their child this year.

    But the successful appeals rate is very low in Bristol - standing at 1.7% compared to the national average of 16%.

    Sam Murray, from ACE Education, said independent panels review a school's decision against legal requirements such as:

    • ensuring class sizes don't exceed 30 places 
    • mistakes in applications
    • admission rules

    She added: "Parents have nothing to lose (in appealing) but they have to weigh it up against the time and the emotional energy involved in preparing the appeal, going to the appeal and it's important parents get as much information before they start."

  12. Investigation under way into suspicious lorry fire

    Police are treating a fire on Saturday that caused extensive damage to a lorry in Portishead as suspicious.

    Hay lorry Portishead

    The blaze caused an estimated £140,000 worth of damage to the vehicle which had been carrying about around 40 tonnes of hay.

    The driver escaped without injury, but police say if he had been in the cab at the time he could have been killed.

  13. Bristol City fan Oskar Pycroft wins supporter award

    Take a look at this video of Bristol City super fan Oskar Pycroft, who was named supporter of the year at the Football League awards last night. 

    The eight-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, is well known for his determination which saw him win a long battle to walk.

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    Video caption: A Bristol City-obsessed eight-year-old has been named supporter of the year.
  14. Primary school places: 'Low' success rate for appeals

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    It's a tense time for parents are finding out which primary school their child is going to in September.

    Earlier on BBC Radio Bristol, it was revealed 86.7% of parents in Bristol received their first choice of school.

    But what happens if you're not happy with the school place allocated to your child? Figures revealed by the BBC have shown in the past five years in South Gloucestershire, just one per cent of appeals challenging primary school places were successful.

    And in Bristol, this figure stands at 1.7% - below the 16% national average.

  15. Local newspaper headlines on Monday, 18 April

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    Here's a look at the stories making the headlines from some of your local papers:

    Western Daily Press:Bristol and Bath researchers generate £1 method to generate electricity from urine

    Weston Mercury:CPR lessons after cardiac arrest

    Bath Chronicle:New Destructor Bridge ready to take its place over the River Avon in Bath

    Bristol Post:Former Bristol porn studio to be turned into housing for migrant workers

  16. Bristol primary school places: 'Most parents got first choice'

    Parents across Bristol will be finding out which primary school their young children will be going to this September.

    In recent years there has been growing pressure on primary school places in the city.

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    Speaking on BBC Radio Bristol, service director for education and skills at Bristol City Council, Paul Jacobs, said: "Bristol had the most applications. We thought this would be our peak year for children - 5,716 people applied for places.

    "We're pleased that 86.7 percent of those will have got their first choice which is up nearly three percent on last year and in terms of getting their top three choices that's 95.6 percent so the vast majority of children and parents are getting their preference."

  17. Trending in your local newspapers

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    Here's a look at the local newspaper stories for Bristol, Bath and Weston that you've been sharing on social media over the weekend.

    Western Daily Press:23 migrants found freezing in fridge lorry

    Weston Mercury: RNLI rescues after dog falls from cliff into sea

    Bristol 24/7:Wine bar opens near Temple Meads

  18. Bristol primary school places being announced later

    Parents across Bristol who applied for their child's primary school place online are due to find out today which school they've been allocated.

    There's been a record number of applications for Bristol primary schools places as pressure has been growing in recent years.

    Primary school pupils (generic)

    For this September, Bristol City Council revealed there were 5,716 youngsters vying for places.

    In 2011, the council brought in a plan to provide 10,000 additional primary places by 2017 - aimed to ease pressure on the city's schools. 

  19. Bristol City fan with cerebal palsy picks up supporter award

    Eight year-old Bristol City fan Oskar Pycroft has been named supporter of the year at last night's Football League awards.

    Oskar Pycroft

    Oskar - who has cerebral palsy - has been become well known for his determination which saw him win a long battle to walk culminating in him leading his team out at Ashton Gate.

    Organisers called him an inspiration to fellow fans and anyone fighting a severe illness or disease.

  20. Good morning: Mostly dry and some cloud today

    Good morning and welcome to Local Live for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare where we'll have the latest news and information.

    It'll be mostly dry and cloudy today with some bright spells at times.

    Weather for West of England