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Rare Harry Potter stolen in Oxfordshire

15th November 2010

A rare edition of a Harry Potter book has been stolen from a gallery in Oxfordshire, police have revealed.

Thames Valley Police confirmed that a copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling was taken from the Creative Art Gallery on Oxford Street in Woodstock on October 30th.

The book, which is a limited first edition, was in an unsecured display box and was taken while a gallery employee was dealing with a group of visitors. It is valued at almost GBP 6,000 and only 300 to 500 copies of the edition were published.

PC Geoffrey Allen, of Witney police station, said: 'I believe this was an opportunist crime and the offenders took advantage of the gallery assistant being occupied by a group of people.'

Earlier this year, Durham University reiterated calls for six books and manuscripts that were stolen from it in December 1998 to be returned.

Included in the stolen works are a manuscript by medieval political writer Egidius Romanus, with an added fragment of a poem by Geoffrey Chaucer, and a rare translation of the New Testament.
 

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