08/05/2003

Four arrested over Harry Potter book find

Four people have been arrested as police inquiries continue over the discovery of copies of the latest Harry Potter book on a Suffolk common.

Two copies of the book were handed over to the The Sun newspaper earlier this week. The paper said that the copies had been found in north Suffolk near to a printing firm Clays Ltd in Bungay. The company has the contract to print hundreds of thousands of copies of the book which publisher Bloomsbury will be distributing next month.

The publisher said that, in the interests of readers, legal measures would be taken to ensure that no part of the book was unlawfully disclosed prior to June 21.

Police have arrested a 44-year-old man and two 16-year-old boys from Beccles in Suffolk. An 18-year-old from Harleston in Norfolk has also been arrested in connection with the inquiry. All are being questioned today about the alleged theft of the books from the printing works and obtaining property by deception.

The latest Harry Potter book, ‘The Order of the Phoenix’, is the fifth in the phenomenally successful series about the boy wizard from author J. K. Rowling.

(SP)

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