Thieves have wizard flying off shelves

HARRY Potter books are the most likely to be stolen from Scotland's libraries.

New figures reveal JK Rowling's works are not only the country's top sellers, but also top for being thieved.

Children's author Jacqueline Wilson's books and DVLA driving theory books are second and third.

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Taxpayers are footing the bill, which amounted to 223,463 last year.

In the past year, 36,792 books have never been returned to libraries across Scotland, some 5476 more than the year before.

West Lothian Council is missing more books than any other council. It is currently searching for 51,218 of library stock, and is about to deploy a debt recovery agency to tackle the problem.

Edinburgh City Libraries manager Martin Hinds said library members are "vigorously pursued" for the return of material.

He said: "We send people reminders and take other steps to deter theft, but if someone's going to steal then we can take action.

"If theft is particularly blatant they may be taken to court, but only in extreme circumstances."