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Last Updated: Thursday, 21 July, 2005, 15:51 GMT 16:51 UK
Potter ending revealed to drivers
The banner hanging from the footbridge
The words have been blurred so as not to spoil the surprise
Scores of fans of the latest Harry Potter book have had their enjoyment ruined after pranksters revealed the outcome of the book on a banner.

Motorists heading along the A442 near Telford came across the banner complete with the plot-spoiling words on Thursday morning.

Council workers had removed it from a footbridge by lunchtime.

The long-awaited sixth edition of the Harry Potter series was issued at midnight on Friday.

A spokesman for Telford and Wrekin council said: "People in the know tell us it had the outcome of the Harry Potter book on it.

"This does have a serious side to it as if the banner had fallen down it could have serious consequences for motorists."



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