JK wins bid to silence Potter book accused

HARRY POTTER author JK Rowling has won a court battle to stop two men leaking details of her eagerly-awaited latest book after a dramatic operation to recover two stolen copies.

The book, due to be published on July 16, was offered to two national newspapers.

Edinburgh resident Rowling was granted a High Court injunction against the men, aged 19 and 37, after they were accused of trying to sell printed copies of Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince.

Spokesmen for The Sun and the Daily Mirror said both had been contacted by someone claiming to have copies of the new book.

The newspapers said they each planned to meet the man in Kettering, Northants, to ensure the books were returned to the publishers.

A Northamptonshire Police spokesman said they arrested two men after being contacted about the book.

"Two books were recovered and they are currently being held in secure circumstances as evidence," said a spokesman.

Police said later that the two men arrested had both been charged with weapons offences and handling the stolen books.

Both were released on police bail until early next week when they will appear before magistrates in the county.

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