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Book theft boss must pay damages
Ronald Jordan
Jordan was also found guilty of handling stolen goods
A man who sold stolen books from his market stalls has failed to have the amount of damages he was ordered to pay to retailers cut.

The Court of Appeal ruled Ronald Jordan, 62, of Finchley, north London, must pay an extra 100,000 damages on top of 280,000 compensation.

The market trader would sell the books from stalls in the City and Waterloo.

He was found guilty in January 2004 for conspiracy to steal between November 2001 and November 2002.

'Literary Fagin'

Dismissing his appeal, Lord Justice Sedley, said Jordan was found to have 600,000 in the bank when the police finally caught up with him.

"Although his operation as a literary Fagin was never fully unravelled, and although one major prosecution failed, he was convicted of conspiracy to steal books and of handling stolen books between November 2001 and July 2003 and sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on January 16 to a total of 30 months imprisonment," he said.

Jordan was sued by eight major book retailers in the civil courts for losses caused by the theft of about 50,000 books over three years.

He used a gang of thieves to steal the books throughout London and the South East and then sold them from makeshift tables at bargain prices.

The books were recovered by police from Jordan's home, vehicles and lock-ups.

Lord Justice Sedley said that despite the result of the appeal the book retailers had not benefited hugely because the two awards had still left them of pocket.

Jordon still faces a confiscation order in the criminal courts under the Criminal Justice Act on the profits he made.

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