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Wednesday, 9 January, 2002, 14:20 GMT
Visitors criticise jail
Guy's Marsh Prison in north Dorset has failed to meet government standards on re-offending, says its own board of visitors.

The board's annual report blames a shortage of staff and shortage of money for poor facilities.

It says the prison, near Sherborne, has failed to provide "purposeful activities" to prevent re-offending.

The report also expresses concern over medical care, after a local GP's practice withdrew its services.


Keepers play mum to jaguars

Two Jaguar cubs are being brought up by staff at Dartmoor Wildlife Park after being rejected by their mother.

Muppet and Ladybird were born eight weeks ago at the zoo, near Sparkwell.

Big cats often reject their first litter, said a park spokesman.

The male was named Muppet because its forehead markings included the shape of a letter M, and staff said it looked like a glove puppet at birth.


Ofsted praises county schools

A new report has praised Gloucestershire's education service.

The education watchdog Ofsted says academic standards in the county are high, and recognises schools' continued improvement.

But it says 16 years with no political majority on the county council has resulted in poor strategic leadership.


Safety fears after beam collapse

An investigation is under way after an eight-tonne concrete beam collapsed at the building site of a new shopping development in Truro, Cornwall.

No one was injured in the collapse at Lemon Quay.

Builders Keir Western said other panels had been removed to make the area safe.

The head of building control services for Carrick District Council, David Crago, said a detailed investigation in to the cause of the collapse would take place.


Libraries closure threat

Swindon council is considering shutting 12 libraries to save money.

The borough is struggling to find cash for the town's schools and councillors said they will have to examine every possible savings option.

Part-time libraries that could go include those in Upper Stratton, Pinehurst, Chiseldon and Covingham.

A decision on where the cuts will fall, across all of the council's services, will be made in the next two months.

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