Hampshire County Council is aiming to claw back £40,000 of unpaid library fines a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

The fines are outstanding from the last four years, the request showed.

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Between October 2008 and September this year, the amount owed on items issued at Aldershot, Farnborough, Yateley and Fleet libraries totalled £43,982, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.

Figures released to the News & Mail showed that Aldershot library customers owed the most money during the period, racking up £16,450 in fines, followed by Farnborough with £16,390.

Yateley borrowers owed £8,166 and at Fleet library the amount was £2,976.

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