The next installment of fantasy series Harry Potter is being kept under strict security at a printing press in Germany.

Publishers are desperate to keep the new novel HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE secret until its release on 16 July (05) - particularly after copies of the last book HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX were stolen by a print worker.

According to reports, the Druckerei GGP works in Possneck is surrounded by a perimeter fence which is being kept secure by guards and close circuit cameras.

Staff are also searched when entering and leaving the compound - and have been banned from taking mobile phones and recording devices into the plant.

An employee says, "It feels like we are dealing with a manual on how to start a nuclear war instead of a children's book."

23/05/2005 13:52