Dudley and Wolverhampton councils are owed £74k in unpaid library fines a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

The Express and Star report:

Almost £74,000 is owed to two cash-strapped Black Country councils in outstanding library book fines, new figures have revealed.

It has emerged that readers in Wolverhampton owe the city council a total of £34,144.56 in late penalties for failing to return library books on time.

In Dudley the borough council is due £39,752.20pin late penalties over the last five years. While a book checked out in November 1996 is still to be returned.

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