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

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    Video caption: 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.

  2. Peaches Golding on becoming new Lord Lieutenant

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    Video caption: 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".  

  3. Lee Haskins: Dean Francis "mentally strong"

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    Video caption: Lee Haskins on helping Dean Francis who has been diagnosed with 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".  

  4. Boxer fighting cancer - crowdfunder launched

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    Video caption: 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.

  5. 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.

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

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    Video caption: Bristol boxer Dean Francis has been diagnosed 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

  7. 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
  8. '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.

  9. Envelope update

    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

  10. Bristol City sack coach Pemberton

    John Pemberton

    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

    Quote Message: 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. from Bristol City FC Statement
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    Bristol City sack coach Pemberton

    John Pemberton

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

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  11. 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.    

    More follows....

  12. School children test rocket cars

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    Video caption: Gloucestershire 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.  

  13. Last 'Dambuster' knighthood calls grow

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    Video caption: There are growing calls for Bristol's George "Johnny" Johnson to be honoured

    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 .