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Last Updated: Monday, 29 January 2007, 08:38 GMT
Action over 158,000 library debt
A council is taking action against library service users who owe 158,000 in outstanding fees and charges.

Essex County Council will suspend service membership to customers who do not clear their debts by 1 February.

Figures show 2,300 customers owe more than 15 each, while 89,000 is owed in amounts ranging up to 15.

Councillor Iris Pummell said: "Although individual customer's debts may be small, the total at any one time adds up to this significant amount."

She added: "The service is already facing budgetary challenges and the council has a duty to the people of Essex to manage debt responsibly."

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