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Wednesday, 14 November, 2001, 18:32 GMT
Dartmoor prison sanitation 'unacceptable'
Sanitation on one of the wings of Dartmoor Prison has been classed as "unacceptable" by the jail's watchdog group, the Board of Visitors.

The board's report into conditions at the prison says that one wing still awaits toilets in each cell.

It also asks for funding to update healthcare facilities that will fit in with Dartmoor's new classification as a category C prison.

Leaking roofs in the gymnasium, main stores and library are highlighted as well as the need for provision of new laundry equipment and improvements to the visitors' waiting room.


Harry Potter book fetches 13,000

A first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone has fetched 13,000 at auction in Wiltshire.

The rare book is one of only 300 copies signed by the author JK Rowling and had been expected to fetch up to 10,000.

It was put up for auction by the unnamed owner from Scotland and a percentage of the money raised will go to the Waverly Care Aids Charity in Edinburgh.

The auction, in Salisbury on Wednesday, attracted bids from all over the world via the telephone and interne. The new owner has not been named.


Death crash closes M5

A lorry driver has died following a crash on the M5 early on Wednesday morning, near the interchange with the M4.

The southbound carriageway was closed until lunchtime, between junctions 14 and 15.

Firemen had to free the driver from the cab of his vehicle.

Police said the accident, north of Almondsbury, involved a "major impact".


Fresh charge in anthrax hoax case

A Bath restaurant worker has appeared in court in connection with an alleged anthrax virus hoax.

Celil Surmelek is said to have sent an envelope containing white powder to a colleague at the Marmaris kebab shop.

In court on Wednesday, he faced an additional charge of disorderly behaviour, causing harassment and alarm.

The case was adjourned for a week.


Bath hospital rebuilds casualty unit

A new accident and emergency department is being built at Bath's Royal United Hospital (RUH).

The hospital was recently cricised by health watchdogs, who found patients were being kept in ambulances when there were not enough beds.

Now the department is being temporarily relocated so a replacement can be built over the next 18 months.

The work is part of a 34m refurbishment of the hospital.

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