Paddington Bear will be arrested by police and interrogated over his immigration status, it emerged today. In a book marking his 50th birthday to be published next June the stowaway from Peru will be interviewed about his right to remain in England.

The appeal of Michael Bond’s Paddington books, which have sold more than 30 million copies and been translated into 30 languages, remains undiminished after half a century.

But Mr Bond, 83, was said to be reluctant at the prospect of writing his first novel about him for 29 years – unless he had a strong contemporary storyline.

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