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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Tuesday, 7 March 2017

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Spring is on its way - but you'll still need an umbrella

Watch: Sara Thornton with the weather forecast for the West

It looks like it's going to be warmer but wetter on Wednesday, so you might want to pack your brolly.

Here's Sara Thornton with the weather forecast for the West.

And that's all from us for tonight.

We'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather tomorrow from 7am.

Rugby: Gloucester prop Afoa given ban

The ban means Afoa will miss the West Country derby at Bristol on Friday 24 March.

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Peaches Golding on becoming new Lord Lieutenant

Watch: Peaches Golding on becoming first black Lord Lieutenant

Earlier we told you about Peaches Golding OBE, who has been announced as the new Lord Lieutenant of Bristol. 

The former High Sheriff will become the first black person in history to become a Lord Lieutenant when she takes up the role next month. 

She said such an appointment normally "doesn't happen to ordinary people like me".  

Football full-time: Bristol City 1-1 Norwich City

It's ended all square at Ashton Gate.

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Football latest: Bristol City 1-1- Norwich City

An equaliser for Bristol City...

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Lee Haskins: Dean Francis "mentally strong"

Watch: Lee Haskins is "convinced" Dean Francis will beat cancer

More now on world champion boxer Lee Haskins who has started a fundraising campaign to help his friend Dean Francis. 

His fellow Bristol boxer has been diagnosed with cancer, and has been told he has a maximum of three years to live. 

Haskins says Francis is "mentally strong".  

Boxer fighting cancer - crowdfunder launched

Crowdfunding page started to help boxer dignosed with incurable cancer

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched for a Bristol boxer who has been diagnosed with incurable cancer. 

Super middleweight Dean Francis was diagnosed by doctors in January who say there's nothing more they can do. 

Fellow Bristol boxer Lee Haskins has launched a fundraising campaign in the hope of raising £100,000 to help explore private treatment options.

Football latest: Bristol City 0-1 Norwich City

Motorcyclist dies in Wiltshire crash

A man has died after a collision between a motorcycle and a van in Beckhampton this morning.

The A361 between Beckhampton roundabout and Bishops Cannings was closed after the crash at around 7.30am.

Formal identification of the man, who is local to the area, has not yet taken place.

"Cancer's in the red corner, but I'm still strong in the blue"

Watch: Bristol boxer Dean Francis speaks about his diagnosis with incurable cancer.

A fund raising campaign's been launched for a Bristol boxer who's been diagnosed with incurable cancer.

Dean Francis, who has won many titles in his career, has been told been by doctors there's nothing more they can do. 

But now the boxing world is helping him in his biggest fight yet

Football: Bristol City v Norwich - match facts

Ashton Gate stadium

The fight against relegation is hotting up for Bristol City who welcome 8th-placed Norwich to Ashton Gate tonight. 

Kick-off is at 7.45pm and here's a few match facts:

  • Bristol City have lost each of their last three league meetings with Norwich in the second tier; this after a run of five consecutive wins between 1999 and 2009
  • There has not been a draw between Bristol City and Norwich in league competition since 1978 (five Bristol City wins, seven Norwich wins since)
  • Bristol City have won only one of their last 16 Championship games (D4 L11)
  • Cameron Jerome has found the net in five of his last seven league outings for Norwich

Football: Bristol City v Norwich City

Here's the Bristol City side for the match which is about to kick off at Ashton Gate.

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'Eyesore' building sold to University of Bristol

Sorting office

A derelict building in Bristol which has often been described as an "eyesore" has finally been sold.   

The former Royal Mail sorting office in Cattle Market Road, which was owned by Bristol City Council, has been unused for some 20 years. 

The land, to the east of Bristol Temple Meads railway station, will now be used to house the University of Bristol's "digital innovation hub". 

It's believed the council will make up to £16m from the sale.

Severe disruption: M5 Bristol southbound

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M5 Bristol southbound severe disruption, between J18A for M49 and J19 for A369.

M5 Bristol - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M5 Avonmouth Bridge southbound between J18a M49 and J19, A369 (Portishead), because of a broken down lorry.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Bristol City sack coach Pemberton

John Pemberton
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Bristol City has sacked assistant head coach John Pemberton, while head of scouting Des Taylor also leaves the Championship club.

The club faces Norwich tonight in the Championship. Kick-off is at 7.45pm

Bristol City FC can confirm assistant head coach John Pemberton has been relieved of his duties. Jamie McAllister has subsequently been promoted to the first-team coaching staff. The former left-back and 2007 promotion winner rejoined the club last summer and has made a positive start to life as Under-23 coach. McAllister made 210 appearances for the club in a six-year spell and everyone would like to wish him well in his new role.

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Bristol City sack coach Pemberton

Bristol City sack assistant head coach John Pemberton, while head of scouting Des Taylor also leaves the Championship club.

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Bristol City sack head coach John Pemberton

BreakingBristol City announce staffing changes

Bristol City has just announced some staffing changes - just an hour before tonight's crunch match in the Championship against 8th-placed Norwich.  

The club has confirmed assistant head coach John Pemberton has been relieved of his duties. 

Jamie McAllister has subsequently been promoted to the first-team coaching staff. 

Meanwhile, the club also announces head of scouting Des Taylor has left the club.    

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School children test rocket cars

Watch: School children test rocket cars

School children from across Gloucestershire have been finding out how fast their specially designed rocket cars can travel. 

Pupils built their own vehicles as part of the British-led bid to break the land speed record with the Bloodhound Super-Sonic Car.

The special day at the Crypt School in Gloucester was aimed at encouraging youngsters to pursue careers in science and engineering.  

Last 'Dambuster' knighthood calls grow

Watch: "Johnny" Johnson meets Oliver Koehler from the Dambusters Museum in Germany

The last surviving British Dambuster has been back to the Sorpe Dam in Germany - the dam he tried to destroy during the famous raids in May 1943.

George "Johnny" Johnson was 22 years old when he took part in the air raid using experimental bouncing bombs. 

You can see more about the campaign to get him knighted in a BBC Points West special at 6:30pm this evening on BBC One in the West .

Police appeal for wanted man

Police are re-appealing for the public’s help to find wanted Bath man Craig Starkey. 

Starkey, 34, is wanted in connection with theft and burglary offences and is wanted on a recall to prison for breaching the terms of his licence. 

He’s believed to be travelling around the Somerset area but also has links to Weymouth, Liverpool and Southampton, and could be in the Exeter area.

Starkey is described as white and of a heavy build. He is about 5ft 8ins and has a strong Liverpool accent.   

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Council to decide who'll run Lydiard Park

Swindon Borough Council will decide whether to approve a preferred bidder to take over Lydiard Park next week.

Lydiard Park Heritage Trust scored the highest out of five bids received to run the popular park, and a Cabinet meeting on 16 March will see a bidder approved by the council.

The aim is to reduce the Council’s annual subsidy and ongoing maintenance of the park. 

Over the last two years, the park has cost the Council around £460,000 a year to run.

Lydiard house, a regency style building set within a park

Dean Francis on his battle with cancer

Watch: Boxer Dean Francis talks about his battle with cancer

Earlier we told you about a crowdfunding campaign that's been launched for a Bristol boxer diagnosed with incurable cancer. 

Doctors say there's nothing more they can do to help super middleweight Dean Francis.

Fellow Bristol boxer Lee Haskins has started a campaign to try to raise £100,000 to explore private treatment options.

Francis said his situation was "made easier" by knowing he has support from fellow boxers.

Severe disruption: M5 Somerset southbound

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M5 Somerset southbound severe disruption, between J20 for B3133 and J21 for A370 affecting J19 for A369.

M5 Somerset - Very slow traffic on M5 southbound between J20, B3133 (Clevedon) and J21, A370 (Weston-Super-Mare), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J19, A369 (Portishead).

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

A treehouse on a crane is coming to Bristol

Watch: This unique treehouse will be in Bristol for four months over the summer.

Just look at this - a treehouse with a difference!

It will be built on Bristol's Harbourside this summer, and you could get to stay in it.

The construction has been designed by Simon Parfitt and will be built around Crane 29.

Canopy and Stars will open the attraction to the public in May, and will be welcoming guests for four months.

Cheltenham's Storer given four-game ban

Kyle Storer
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Cheltenham Town midfielder Kyle Storer has been banned for four games after the club's appeal against the red card he received in Saturday's 0-0 draw with Mansfield in League Two was rejected.

The 29-year-old's 18th-minute dismissal was his second red card of the season.

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Cheltenham's Storer given four-game ban

Cheltenham Town's Kyle Storer is banned for four games as an appeal against his red card against Mansfield is rejected.

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Charlotte Dujardin gets CBE

Watch: Dressage rider Charlotte Dujardin gets CBE from The Queen

Gloucestershire's triple Olympic gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin has received a CBE for services to Equestrianism. 

She was presented with the honour by The Queen at Buckingham Palace. 

Newent-based Dujardin is the most successful British dressage rider ever.

She and her horse Valegro bowed out from the sport at Olympia's London International Horse Show last December.

BreakingFour arrested in drugs raids

Drugs raid

Four people have been arrested in simultaneous raids in London in connection with the supply of class A drugs into Gloucestershire. 

Three men and a woman were taken into custody by officers from Gloucestershire Constabulary and are being questioned on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. 

Two of the men and the woman are also suspected of money laundering.

Watch: Gloucestershire Police carry out drugs raid in London

The arrests, in Lewisham and Peckham, were part of an operation to target drugs networks working in the county. 

A quantity of cash, mobile phones and various documents were also seized during the raids. 

All four arrested are still in custody. 

Gloucester's Director of Rugby thanks Laurie Fisher

David Humphreys in Gloucester Rugby top
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David Humphreys, Gloucester's Director of Rugby, has praised Laurie Fisher's commitment to the team.

Humphreys also confirmed Jonny Bell will step up to lead while management hope to announce the permanent appointment at the end of the month.

In my time in rugby, I haven't come across an individual who possessed such a wealth of rugby knowledge, work ethic and absolute commitment to bringing success to Gloucester Rugby.

David Humphreys

Mothers' campaign for defibrillators in schools

Two women want to raise funds for a defibrillator in every Swindon school.

Two of Sonia Dykes children have a genetic heart condition.

Her 15-year-old son had five cardiac arrests which has left him needing round the clock care and her daughter had 6 cardiac arrests, thankfully she managed to make a full recovery. 

Kayleigh got in touch with Sonia when her daughter started at the same school - Ellie-Mai was just 3 months old when she stopped breathing. 

Doctors later discovered she had a hole in her heart.

The mothers want potentially life-saving defibrillators to be installed in all schools in the county.

Rugby: Who could Gloucester recruit as new head coach?

Following the announcement that Laurie Fisher has left his role at Gloucester Rugby, BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Ian Randall talks through recruitment for a new head coach:

Listen: Sports reporter Ian Randall explains how the recruitment might work

Fisher met Gloucester officials on Monday and it was mutually agreed he would leave immediately

Following Saturday's loss to Harlequins he appeared to suggest on Twitter he would be leaving.

Severe disruption: M4 Bristol eastbound

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M4 Bristol eastbound severe disruption, at J19 for M32.

M4 Bristol - M4 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic eastbound at J19, M32 (Bristol), because of an overturned lorry, recovery work and a fuel spillage.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Crane 'treehouse' to welcome overnight guests

Treehouse on crane at Bristol's harbourside
Canopy & Stars

A very unusual holiday rental space is soon to open in Bristol's harbourside area.

Tourists will be able to rent out a one-bedroom 'tree house' on an industrial crane towering above the M Shed.

A spokesman for Canopy & Stars, which is behind the attraction, said the "unique and special place to stay" will become a "spectacular addition to the city's skyline for four months".

The company has opened a ballot today for people interested in booking it.

Key to the treehuose
Canopy & Stars

Man arrested on suspicion of child abduction

A man from Gloucester has been arrested on suspicion of child abduction.

The 38-year-old is being held by police while investigations are ongoing, according to Gloucestershire Constabulary.

Football: New deal for Bristol Rovers' Chris Lines

Chris LInes
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Bristol Rovers midfielder Chris Lines has signed a new, undisclosed-length contract with the League One club.

The Bristol-born 31-year-old began his career with Rovers before joining Sheffield Wednesday in 2011.

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Derelict former Royal Mail sorting office being sold

Watch: The Bristol Wood Recycling Project has been based at the site for a decade

A multi-million pound sale of one of Bristol's most well-known derelict sites is expected to be confirmed later.

Bristol City Council wants to sell 70 hectares of land, near Temple Meads station. 

The building there was once a Royal Mail Sorting Office. 

Bristol University plans to build a new business school and campus there, but the deal will mean a social enterprise based next to the building for 13 years will have to find a new home.

Bristol fire crews at Horfield cafe fire

'Nothing changes' if Bristol Rugby are relegated

Bristol Rugby fans
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Nothing will change at Bristol if the Premiership's bottom club are relegated back to the Championship this season, says chairman Chris Booy.

Bristol are seven points behind 11th-placed Worcester with five games to go after Sunday's 41-24 loss at Sixways.

Back in the top tier after seven years in the Championship, Bristol have won just three league games this season.

"There is a long-term plan in place. If we don't succeed in staying up, nothing changes," Booy said.

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Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire northbound

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M5 Gloucestershire northbound severe disruption, between J12 for B4008 Quedgeley and J11A for A417 Gloucester.

M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J12, B4008 (Quedgeley) and J11a, A417 (Gloucester), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Meet the man with thousands of cufflinks

Watch: See Steve Redmond's cufflinks haul

Bath man Steve Redmond has spent the last 27 years collecting cufflinks. 

His hobby began at the age of 20 when his father gave him a pair - and it very quickly snowballed to 2,500 pairs.

A highlight in his collection is a set of cufflinks which once belonged to comedian Ernie Wise, which he picked up from a shop in Windsor.