Man jailed over rare Harry Potter book theft
A man has been jailed after he admitted stealing a limited first edition Harry Potter book from an art gallery.
Kevin McGirr, 40, had been charged with the theft of the rare copy of Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone.
The book, worth about £6,000, went missing from the Creative Art Gallery in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, in October.
McGirr, of Oxford Road, Kidlington, was jailed for six weeks after changing his plea to guilty at Banbury Magistrates' Court earlier.
He was also ordered to pay compensation of £250, and £400 in legal costs.
The JK Rowling book was found wrapped in a plastic bag outside a Boots store in Abingdon on 15 November.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the first novel in the series, was first published in 1997.
It was later made into a feature film starring Daniel Radcliffe as the young wizard.
Antiques stolen in £10,000 Radwinter church raid
POLICE are appealing for witnesses and information after a £10,000 burglary at St Mary’s Church in Radwinter.
Thieves smashed a stained glass window to get into the church in Walden Road between noon on May 9 and 9.30am on May 11.
They stole two oak tables and a chair, two oak chests, several sets of candelabra and other antique items.
|Centre thieves strike as silver price soars|
|THE day after bullion prices peaked, thieves broke into an antiques centre in Cardiff and escaped with a haul of antique silver valued at thousands of pounds.|
Burglars scaled a 10ft fence and smashed a ground-floor window to break into the Pumping Station on Penarth Road, Leckwith, Cardiff, on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 27.
As dealers at the Pumping Station examine their stock to establish what exactly has been stolen, detectives are urging antiques dealers to exercise vigilence.
While prices fell back last week, the high bullion price levels (that peaked the day before the theft at £30 an ounce for scrap silver) may have contributed to the timing of the crime.
PC Mike Brinkworth from Cardiff Bay Police Station said: "We are keen to get a message out to the community as soon as possible, particularly to any antique dealers who might be offered these items for sale." Generally high scrap metal prices have also been linked to the theft of bronze garden statuary and sculpture in recent years