A person who enjoys tearing book pages in half and putting them back on shop shelves is being hunted in the Kent town of Herne Bay, with the ripper striking at titles in a charity shop and now moving on to attack books in the local library.

The real worry is that a WHSmith is just 6.71 miles away in Canterbury.

Nick Rogers is the manager of Herne Bay charity shop Demelza, and first noticed the damage being done to his stock several months ago.

He said: "We initially had the odd book getting torn, which we dismissed as being children or someone trying to prank us.

But in the last couple of months, we've been finding about 10 or 15 a week.

They can be worth anything up to £3.

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