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Wednesday, 21 November, 2001, 13:58 GMT
Man charged over anthrax scare
A man from Bath, thought to be one of the first people in the country to be charged in connection with an anthrax scare, has denied the allegation.

Celil Surmelek is alleged to have sent an envelope containing white powder, which sparked a full-scale police investigation, to a work colleague at a kebab shop where he lives.

The Turkish national, who was arrested in October, pleaded not guilty to a charge of disorderly behaviour.

The case was adjourned for at least five weeks. Mr Surmelek was granted bail on condition he surrendered his identity papers and continued to live at the kebab shop.


Murder detectives honoured

Detectives who solved the murder of Jenny King three years ago will be honoured on Wednesday.

Miss King, 22, went missing after a night out in Kingswood, near Bristol, in 1998.

Her body was found in a wooded area close to her home.

Nine police officers who led the 16-month investigation are being given the chief constable's commendations.


Incinerator 'could damage estuary'

Controversial plans to build an incinerator at Sharpness Docks in Gloucestershire are facing criticism at a public inquiry.

The scheme being proposed by Gloucestershire County Council would see the burning of 400 tonnes of waste each day.

But campaigners say the pollution could seriously damage the ecology of the Severn Estuary.

Members of Friends of the Earth say that the council's predictions for waste management are flawed.


Rural tourism gets 3.5m boost

Farm tourism in Cornwall is to benefit from 3.5m of new funding.

The Objective One project will enable businesses to apply for marketing grants.

Research will take place looking into niche markets and new opportunities.

The project has been funded by Europe, the government and the private sector.


Open verdict on author's death

A coroner in Cornwall has recorded an open verdict on the death of the Cornish writer and book collector Eric Quayle.

The 79-year-old author died in August. His body was found on the cliffs at Zennor Head in west Cornwall.

Among Mr Quayle's most well known books was The Magic Ointment - a collection of legends and fairy tales from West Cornwall.

He was also an avid collector of books, with a library exceeding 16,000 volumes - one of the world's largest private collections.


Films shows homeless plight

Homeless people in Bath have gone to unusual lengths to boost sales of the Big Issue paper over the Christmas period.

A group of people sleeping rough in the city have produced a CD Rom with the December edition.

The computer disc features eight short films about their lives.

It is hoped they will give people a greater insight into life on the streets.

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