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Harry Potter books salvaged from skip to sell for thousands

And other stories from the stranger side of life

Three first-edition Harry Potter novels saved from a skip are expected to fetch £18,000 at auction. A teacher retrieved the books after they were thrown out in a tidy-up at her school in Buckinghamshire. Among them is a rare hardback first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, one of only 500 in the first-print run. 

Facebook asks for dog’s driving licence 

A woman has told of her surprise after being asked to show her dog’s driving licence in order to get access to his Facebook profile. Emily Doucet, from Seattle, explained on Twitter: “I’m locked out of my dog’s Facebook account that I created in 2010 and they won’t let me back in unless I send over a copy of his driver’s license.” Facebook said it does not allow people to have profiles for their pets, and that owners should create a page for them instead.

Fugitive’s fart gets him nicked

Police found a suspect who was hiding in a bush after hearing him fart. Officers from Nottingham Police chased the wanted man into some woods, where his guilty gust gave the game away. One of the officers told The Sun: “I was almost out of wind running but luckily the suspect still had some. I heard him letting rip and followed the noises to a bush.”

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