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Police chief to discuss crime books

A senior police officer is taking the unusual step of appearing at a literature festival - to discuss fictional crime.

Nick Gargan, Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police, is to speak at an event at the Chipping Norton Literary Festival in Oxfordshire called Crime Writing - Fact Or Fiction.

Mr Gargan will join crime writer Tania Carver, alias husband-and-wife team Martyn and Linda Waites, and Professor Dave Barclay, a world-renowned forensics expert, for the hour-long event on April 26.

Organisers of the event say it will "prove once and for all if truth is stranger than fiction".

Tickets for the festival, which takes place in the heart of the Cotswolds, go on sale next week.

Celebrity speakers will include best-selling novelist Joanna Trollope, ex-home secretary Alan Johnson, former Conservative Cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken, author Kate Mosse and much-travelled journalist Kate Adie.

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