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Fascist books in East Winch library phone box




After putting books in a local phone box library for local residents to take out, a man was shocked to see someone had added 20 fascist books into the collection.

Roger Bland, who helped transform the council-run phone box into a village library for the residents of East Winch, said the books were added on Tuesday evening.

Among the fascist books were anti-semitic title The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and Mein Kampf.

Roger Bland at the Village Phone box Library, holding the books that have now been removed, Mr Bland looks after Library on behalf of the Parish Council
Roger Bland at the Village Phone box Library, holding the books that have now been removed, Mr Bland looks after Library on behalf of the Parish Council

Mr Bland believes the person responsible may have called The Sun newspaper after putting the books in the phone box.

Someone from the newspaper knocked on Mr Bland's door on Wednesday night to enquire about the books.

An eyewitness reportedly saw someone get out of a car on Tuesday night and was seen by the phone box for a while.

The books that have now been removed
The books that have now been removed

However, they could not see the registration number or identity of the person due to lightfall.

Mr Bland said: "Children go in the phone box and exchange books.Whoever did this should not be putting racial books in there.

"It's not pleasing a lot of people."

He added all the fascist books were immediately put in the bin.

However, he did then retrieve five books from the bin for the purposes of a photo for the The Sun's article.

Roger Bland at the Village Phone box Library, which he looks after on behalf of the Parish Council
Roger Bland at the Village Phone box Library, which he looks after on behalf of the Parish Council

Mr Bland continued:"There have been one or two people who complained about it. I have done nothing wrong and I do not know anyone in the village who would do that."

Borough councillor Jim Moriarty said he would be surprised if the issue was not raised at the next parish council meeting.

Former East Winch Village Phone box now a Library
Former East Winch Village Phone box now a Library

Mr Moriarty said: "I would not rush to judgement that these books were left by somebody from the local community, just as one wouldn’t assume that flytipping was necessarily carried out by those local to where it is found.

"In fact the opposite is generally true."

He added that the books may have been left by somebody who was too embarrassed to take them to a charity book shop and took advantage of the "relative anonymity" of dropping them off in a converted phone box.

Roger Bland at the Village Phone box Library, which he looks after on behalf of the Parish Council
Roger Bland at the Village Phone box Library, which he looks after on behalf of the Parish Council

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