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Police have issued an appeal after a rare Harry Potter prequel, handwritten by the author J K Rowling, was stolen during a burglary in Kings Heath.

The story, penned personally by Rowling over two sides of an A5 postcard is extremely valuable.

Police say the handwritten postcard was purchased to raise money for charity, and are hoping the appeal goes far and wide among Harry Potter fans throughout the world.

Investigating Officer PC Paul Jauncey said: “The only people who will buy this unique piece are true Harry Potter fans. We are appealing to anyone who sees, or is offered this item for sale, to contact police.”

A quantity of jewellery was also stolen from the property on Howard Road when it was broken into sometime between the 13 and 24 April.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of the unique and rare postcard and those with information about the break-in are asked to contact West Midlands Police on 101.

If you do not want to speak to police directly Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111. Please quote crime number 20BW/83503C/17