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Harry Potter edition worth £6,000 stolen from gallery

Police CCTV images of two people in the art gallery
Image caption Thames Valley Police say they would like to speak to the two people in connection with the incident

A limited first edition of a Harry Potter book worth almost £6,000 has been stolen from an art gallery.

The rare copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was taken from under a display box in the Creative Art Gallery in Woodstock, Oxfordshire.

Police said the gallery assistant was distracted by a party of people when a man took the book while a woman acted as a look-out.

They have released CCTV images of two people they would like to speak to.

Pc Geoffrey Allen, from Thames Valley Police, said: "I believe this was an opportunist crime and the offenders took advantage of the gallery assistant being occupied by a group of people.

"There were only between 300 to 500 copies of this limited edition ever published, so it is very rare.

"The owner of the book is very keen for it to be recovered and we are appealing for anyone who recognises the two people in the CCTV images to call us."

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