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Man charged over Oxfordshire Harry Potter book theft

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Image caption The Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone book was in a display box

A man has been charged with the theft of a limited first edition Harry Potter book from an Oxfordshire gallery.

Kevin McGirr, 40, of Oxford Road, Kidlington, is accused of taking 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 on 30 October.

It was found wrapped in a plastic bag outside Boots in Abingdon on 15 November.

No further action is to be taken against a 36-year-old woman arrested in connection with the theft, Thames Valley Police said.

Mr McGirr will appear before Banbury Magistrates' Court on 4 January.

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