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Teen heartthrob backs Bristol Rovers

Jake Short at the world premiere of "Dolphin Tale 2" in Los Angeles in September Credit: PA

An American teen actor and heart throb has made an official complaint to a computer games firm after it scrapped his favourite team - Bristol Rovers.

Disney star Jake Short sent a tweet to EA Sports asking why the non-league side wasn't in the new Fifa 15 game.

Jake, 17, has appeared in Dexter and is playing Fletcher Quimby in the TV comedy A.N.T Farm and also, it appears, a fan of die-hard grassroots football.

The teen star tweeted his 800,000 followers asking why Bristol Rovers, currently sixth in the Football Conference, isn't in the latest Fifa game.

It is not known if the actor has any connection with Bristol but there is a simple explanation. The football simulator game has yet to licence the Conference so when Rovers fell from League Two, they also lost their place in the game.

Stereo Kicks through to next round of the X Factor

Stereo Kicks are staying as an eight-piece band on the show Credit: Twitter/The X Factor

Bristol teenager Jake Sims and his band Stereo Kicks are through to the next round of the X Factor.

The eight-piece boy band was in the bottom two last weekend, staying only when Chloe-Jasmine Whichello lost the sing-off.

But the boys turned it around on Saturday’s show, performing a medley of The Beatles classics “Let It Be” and “Hey Jude”, which was enough to see them, straight through to next week.

Their success comes after rumours that at least one of the boys would be made to leave the competition after their mentor Louis Walsh admitted that he never wanted the group to have eight members.

But as he introduced them last night he said “Eight boys, and I did say eight – the ultimate octoband.”

Their performance impressed Simon Cowell, who praised the boys for sticking together and added "Any time you want to leave Louis, and come and join me, I'll mentor you."

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Dorset tank stars in Brad Pitt movie

A scene from the film Fury starring a rather large extra from the Tank Museum in Dorset Credit: Columbia Pictures

Dorset tank stars in Brad Pitt movieA scene from the film Fury starring a rather large extra from the Tank Museum in Dorset Credit: Colombia PicturesThe new Brad Pitt war film Fury goes on general release today, and one of the other stars of the show is a Sherman Tank supplied by The Tank Museum at Bovington in Dorset.

Pitt and his five man crew take it into Germany in the last months of the Second World War.

The Museum is holding an exhibition about its role in the film.

Council will do its best to protect the new Banksy

You can clearly see the paint splatter on "Girl with a pierced eardrum" Credit: ITV News

Bristol City Council has revealed that it owns the building in Hanover Place where the new Banksy, known as "Girl with a pierced eardrum" has appeared.

It has released a statement saying that it will try to protect the mural, which has already been vandalised by someone daubing paint on it.

I can confirm that the building does belong to Bristol City Council although it is leased to private tenants. We will consider the options available to protect the Banksy and will work with the tenants of the building as appropriate.

– Bristol City Council spokesman

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Viewers' comments on defaced Bristol Banksy

The vandalised Banksy this morning Credit: ITV News West Country

Banksy generously gives our city his world renowned art yet these morons choose to damage it for no reason other than vandalism

– Carol Kingscott on Facebook

Surely if someone finds it that offensive they can report it to the council for cleaning off rather than vandalising and spoiling it for others who enjoy it. Probably the same idiots who vandalised the gromits around Bristol!

– Sarah Smith on Facebook

From the little I know of Banksy, he only paints pictures which are ''acceptable'' to the masses rather than Graffiti which is usually abhored by the masses. Why someone would want to destroy any of his works, is beyond me. Jealousy, perhaps?

– Matt Mitchell on Facebook
The paint on the wall at Bristol docks Credit: ITV News West Country

I think Banksy's work makes dull places look interesting, plus seeing as he is known globally, I'm sure he has helped to bring in extra tourism and that can't be a bad thing. I'd be quite proud if we had a Banksy on one of our buildings in Okehampton. Throwing paint over his work is just somebodies angry jealousy getting the better of them!

– Caitlynne Reddington on Facebook

New Bristol Banksy splashed with paint

The new Bristol Banksy has been splashed with paint Credit: ITV News West Country

The new Banksy mural which has apperared on a wall in Bristol docks has been defaced overnight.

The mural, which pays tribute to Vermeer's girl with a pearl earring, was splashed with paint, although the main part of the artwork is still visible.

A close up view of the paint splattered in the wall Credit: ITV News West Country

Ian McKellen gives students exam advice

Lord of the Rings actor Sir Iain McKellen had some stern words for the pupils at Chew Valley School near Bristol during a recent visit. He was visiting the school to celebrate their work promoting human rights, opposing bullying and homophobic language and behaviour at school.

They recently addressed a Stonewall Conference in London and were made Stonewall Champions. Stonewall is an organisation set up by Sir Iain McKellen promoting equal rights.

But Sir Ian had some stern words for the students at the school, warning them of what might happen if they failed to revise for their exams....

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