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Last Updated: Monday June 13 2005 15:20 GMT

Men in court over Potter theft

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Two men have appeared in court charged in connection with the theft of the sixth Harry Potter book.

Aaron Lambert, 19, and Christopher Brown, 37, were accused of offering two stolen copies of the Half-Blood Prince to a journalist from The Sun newspaper.

During the court appearance they were also charged with weapons offences.

Mr Lambert was bailed and told to go to Northampton Crown Court on 10 October. Mr Brown was bailed and must return to the magistrates court in two weeks.

Mr Brown is accused of handling stolen copies of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and possessing an offensive weapon.

Mr Lambert was charged with having a replica handgun with intent to cause the journalist John Askill to fear unlawful violence. He was also accused of stealing two copies of the Potter book from a distribution centre in Corby.

The book will be released on 16 July.

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