Pocklington library book returned 36 years overdue

A note was left with the book

A note was left with the book

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A book has been returned to the library at the Pocela Centre, in Pocklington, 36 years overdue with a note from the culprit.

Staff were shocked when they received a package in the post containing a copy of ‘Our beautiful homeland : York’ by I.P Pressly which was borrowed from the library back in 1981.

A note from the person, annonymously, returning the book reads: “Sorry it’s 36 years overdue. Under 18 when borrowed so no fine to pay!”

Under the library fines guidance on the East Riding’s website of 50p per week, the overdue fee could have been as much as £936.

However the maximum fine is capped at £10 and with the person being under 18 at the time no fees are issued.

The book, with illustrations by Leonard Squirrell , was published in 1950 and includes eight plates in colour.

A spokesperson for East Riding of Yorkshire Council said: “It was returned in the post, anonymously, with a note to our team at the Pocklington Multi -Service Centre.”