Vandal Of The Week

It may be my age but there’s nothing like settling down in the evening with a good book. The expectation is that the volume is complete and woe betide anyone who spoils my enjoyment by spoiling the plot.

As a fan of detective fiction, I was intrigued to learn of a curious case which would have exercised the little grey cells of Hercule Poirot. The book ripper is on the loose in the Kent resort town of Herne Bay.

Staff in the Demelza Hospice Care charity bookshop began to notice earlier this year that some of their books on their shelves had a page and in some instances all of their pages ripped horizontally, rendering them useless. Since April the ripper’s activities have increased and around 15 books a week are being damaged.

This strange vandal has also targeted the town’s library, damaging some 20 paperbacks, evading the CCTV cameras in the process.

The hunt for the book ripper is now on, involving the local police, and charity staff and librarians are said to be on high alert. It is a strange form of literary criticism, for sure.

There’s nowt so queer as folk.

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