Normally, the book gets back a few days later, a small fine follows – and there is an embarrassed apology to the librarian.

But new figures have shown that three books are more than 15 years overdue in Lincolnshire – with no sign of them being returned soon.

And a total of 59,493 are currently overdue in the county.

Reported by the Lincolnshire Echo. You can read the full story here.

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