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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

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.”


Serious Case Review says baby's murder may not have been preventable

The full scale of the contact between social services and a man who went on to kill his infant daughter has been published today.

Three-month-old Paris Vince Stephens was shaken to death by her father in Bristol in 2013. He has since been jailed for her manslaughter.

A Serious Case Review report showed that social services, police and health workers had contact with the family for years. It makes 11 recommendations.

But the chair of the review said she didn't believe Paris' death was preventable.

Robert Murphy reports.

In a statement, Bristol City Council said:

This is a truly tragic case which highlights the difficult lives experienced by some families and the real challenges professionals face in helping them.

We are grateful to the Bristol Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB) for a very thorough report and clear recommendations. We have not waited to act on these, and many of the suggested improvements are already in place.

Sadly there is never any way to completely remove risk to the most vulnerable members of our society, but the learning and recommendations from this report will help us work together more effectively and do all we can to keep people safe.

However, no amount of improved professional practice changes the fact that a vulnerable young baby lost her life.

That is never acceptable and we will continue to work with other agencies across the city to make sure we do everything in our power to protect children.

– Jean Pollard, Service Director, Child & Family Support, Bristol City Council

Avon and Somerset Police says they take protection and safeguarding of children extremely seriously.

We recognise and fully accept that more could have been done to help prevent this tragedy and we want to learn the lessons from this case.

The Serious Case Review has outlined a number of recommendations on how we can improve processes and staff awareness relating to the areas of child protection, domestic abuse and child sexual exploitation.

We’ve already taken action to implement all of these recommended learnings and make changes to our referral mechanisms, recording and information sharing processes.

– Det Supt Carolyn Belafonte

Jogger attacked on Clifton Downs in Bristol

The woman was attacked just before midnight on Clifton Downs. Credit: ITV News

Police are investigating after an alleged indecent assault on a jogger who was running on Clifton Downs.

The woman was in the area just before midnight on Wednesday and had stopped running to use her phone, when a man jumped out of the bushes and tried to grab her.

This is the fifth attack on the Downs reported to the police in the last three months, however officers do not believe this incident to be connected to the other four.

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