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Bristol Rovers High Court battle against Sainsbury's ends - with no decision

A week-long legal battle over the future of Bristol Rovers' Memorial Stadium site concluded in the High Court today.

The hearing was called to settle an ongoing dispute between the football club and Sainsbury's over a land deal involving the club's current home in Horfield.

After six days the hearing finally drew to a close today, but Mrs Justice Proudman made it clear she would not make an immediate decision on what she described as an "extremely complex case".

She has instead reserved judgment until a later date.

Bristol Rovers is involved in a High Court dispute with Sainsbury's Credit Credit: ITV News

Mrs Justice Proudman, sitting in London, was told the football club agreed a deal with the supermarket chain in 2011, as part of its plans to move to a new ground on the Frenchay campus of the University of the West of England (UWE).

The terms of the deal were that Sainsbury's would buy the Memorial Stadium for £30 million and lease it back to the club for a peppercorn rent until its move to the new ground was completed - at which time a new supermarket would be built on the site.

The club would use the money to finance the building of the new 21,700-seat stadium.

At the time the deal was made, the court heard, there was no planning permission or infrastructure in place, the costs were uncertain and Bristol Rovers were still negotiating with UWE.

The Club is hopeful that judgment in its favour will be made soon, allowing it to draw a line under this dispute and move forward with the construction of the new UWE Stadium and planning for next season in League 2.

– Bristol Rovers spokesman

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Preparations for Love Saves the Day festival in Bristol

Around fifteen thousand people are expected to attend Love Saves the Day Credit: ITV News

Thousands of people will be descending on Eastville Park in Bristol this weekend, as the Love Saves the Day festival gets underway.

The festival will run from 11am until 11pm on Saturday and Sunday, and 15,000 people are expected.

There will be six main stages of music alongside smaller venues.

Headliners include Jessie Ware, Azealia Banks, Groove Armada and Roni Size Reprazent.

You can watch footage from last year's festival here:

Two women found during human trafficking raids in Bristol

The women were found at properties in the Waterfront area of Bristol Credit: ITV News

Two women have been found at properties in Bristol as part of a human trafficking and sex exploitation investigation.

The two women are both from Eastern Europe and are now receiving support from agencies including charities Unseen and The Salvation Army.

A 49-year-old man and 37-year-old woman were arrested in Cheshire and remain in police custody.

Detective Superintendent Liz Tunks, Head of Major Crime Investigation, said: “The people involved in human trafficking and sexual exploitation are organised criminals who target some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

“On Wednesday, two people were arrested on suspicion of exploiting women across our country, including two in the heart of Bristol.

“We are still working with them to establish exactly what their experiences are, but know there are many more women, children and men living the same very miserable and fearful existence.

“Victims are often reluctant to seek help themselves as they don’t know who to trust, where to get help, or face fears of deportation or violence.

“I would ask anyone who suspects human trafficking, sexual exploitation or forced labour is happening in their area to contact us.”

Somerset to become first county to offer one-stop shop tourism ticket

The jewel in the crown of Somerset's tourism industry is Weston-super-Mare Credit: ITV News

Tourism bosses are trying to make Somerset a one stop destination for families by becoming the first county in Britain to offer a tourism ticket to a number of attractions.

Visit Somerset say families need to be able to budget and plan their holiday. They also say that prospects for the 1.3 billion pound industry are looking a lot better this season than 12 months ago.

John Turner from Visit Somerset "We are now in talks with a lot of our Directors within Somerset and a lot of other major attractions within the county to actually create a one stop shop ticket that you can buy as a family that will wave you in as a family to all attractions within Somerset and I believe this will be a first."

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