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Children's library book returned 63 years late

Rugby Library in Warwickshire.
Rugby Library in Warwickshire. Credit: Google Maps

A children's book has finally been returned to a public library, 63 years after it was taken out.

The copy of The Adventures of Pinocchio was handed into staff at Rugby Library in Warwickshire during an eight-day fines amnesty.

Staff at the library found the book had a return date of New Year's Eve, 1950.

If the book had been returned after the amnesty ended, the unnamed library user could have faced an 18-pence-per-day penalty, amounting to a staggering £4,147.

Luckily, the local authority caps late returns at £5.22.

Colin Hayfield, Warwickshire County Council's portfolio holder for customers, said:

"We always wanted to use the fines amnesty to welcome people back who haven't visited us for a while and we hope the borrower is enjoying our services again.

"We are pleased that after all this time the borrower felt that they could return the book."

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Police release picture of missing 14-year-old girl

Police have released a picture of a 14-year-old girl who has been missing since yesterday.

Heidi James, who is also known as 'Beth', is believed to have left her home address in Main Street, Long Lawford, Rugby, sometime after 4:30am on New Year's Day.

Heidi James has been missing since yesterday Credit: Warwickshire Police

She has links with Northamptonshire, including Corby and Wellingborough.

She is described as white, 5’7” tall, slim build with shoulder length black hair usually tied in a ponytail. She is believed to be wearing a black onesie with pink hearts on and a dark purple sweater and brown ugg boots. She was not wearing a coat.

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Police appeal to find missing 14-year old girl

Police in Warwickshire are appealing for help to find a 14-year old girl who went missing earlier today.

Heidi James, who's also known as Beth, from Lawford near Rugby, is believed to have left her home after 4.30 this morning.

Officers say Heidi has links to Northamptonshire, including the Corby and Wellingborough areas.

She's described as white, around 5ft 7in and of slim build with shoulder-length black hair. She's believed to be wearing a black onesie with pink hearts on it, a purple sweater and brown Ugg boots.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Warwickshire Police.

Police release recent picture of escaped killer

A recent picture of a convicted killer, who escaped from prison while serving two life sentences, has been released by police in a bid to recapture him.

Alan Giles absconded from prison last week. Credit: West Mercia Police

Officers are urging anyone who spots Alan Giles not to approach him but to dial 999 immediately.

Giles was jailed for life at Birmingham Crown Court in 1997 for the murder and kidnap of 16-year-old student Kevin Ricketts.

The 56-year-old was allowed to leave an "open" section of HMP Hewell near Redditch, Worcestershire, on Monday last week and is thought to be living rough, possibly in south Warwickshire.

However, West Mercia Police are keeping an open mind as to Giles's whereabouts and say he could have travelled further afield.

Hunt for three 'vulnerable' missing teens launched

Naomi Smallwood, 16, was reported missing on Friday. Credit: Warwickshire Police

Police are hunting for three "vulnerable" teenage girls who have gone missing from Warwickshire.

Naomi Smallwood, 16, Sophie Hands, 15, and Jenny Mitchell,14, were reported missing shortly after 1.30am on Friday and have not been seen since.

The three girls have contacts in Birmingham, Manchester and Cardiff. Warwickshire Police said all three girls are considered "vulnerable" due to their age.

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Police search for three 'vulnerable' missing girls

Police are searching for three schoolgirls, not seen since the early hours of Friday. Naomi Smallwood, 16, Sophie Hands, 15, and Jenny Mitchell, 14, from the Alcester area of Warwickshire, were reported missing shortly after 1.30am on Friday.

Naomi is described as being 5ft 7in, of slim build with blonde and pink hair. She was last seen wearing a purple track suit. Sophie is of slim build, 5ft 6in, with long pink hair which is shaved at one side. She was wearing black jeans and a body warmer.

Jenny, who is 5ft 8in, has blonde hair which has pink and orange colouring in it and also shaved on one side. When last seen she was wearing a pink tracksuit. All the girls are considered to be vulnerable due to their age.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

Holiday home wins Britain's biggest architecture prize

It is the first time a house has collected the prestigious award. Credit: Riba

A holiday home built within a ruined 12th century castle was tonight handed Britain's biggest architecture award, the Riba Stirling Prize - the first time a conservation project has triumphed.

Astley Castle in Warwickshire - wrecked by a fire in 1978 - had been in danger of collapse until it was brought back to life by the £1.35 million building project for the Landmark Trust.

Judges of the prize said the winning design dealt with the ruins with "intelligence and practicality", and adding to them architecture which is "rich, visually beautiful and tactile".

Lamborghini blaze closes the M6

Rush-hour commuters travelling on the M6 faced lengthy tailbacks after a luxury sports car caught fire.

Fire crews tackle the blaze on the M6. Credit: Twitter/@cmpg

A photograph posted on Twitter by the Central Motorway Police Group showed firecrews beside the burnt-out wreckage of the Lamborghini Murcielago on the motorway, near Coleshill, Warwickshire.

The northbound carriageway of the M6 was closed as emergency crews dealt with the incident, which caused long delays on both the M6 and M42.

No-one was seriously injured in the blaze, which broke out at about 9am.

Chimps 'a little excited about ice cream for breakfast'

Staff at Twycross Zoo have revealed how they tempted a group of straying chimpanzees back into their correct living areas:

Keepers encouraged the chimps back into their normal living areas with ice cream and fizzy drinks.

The zoo reopened at 11.30am today and all of the chimps are fine, if not a little excited about having ice cream for breakfast.

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