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Last Updated: Friday, 25 August 2006, 13:03 GMT 14:03 UK
Librarian theft sentence delayed
Manchester Central Library
Buckley was dismissed from his job in March this year
A librarian who stole valuable and rare books to sell on the internet has had his sentencing adjourned.

Norman Buckley, 44, of Hulme, Manchester, took more than 455 ancient books, posters and documents while working at the city's Central Library.

They included an old edition of Geoffrey Chaucer's works worth 35,000.

Buckley has admitted 10 counts of theft, with 445 taken into consideration. He will be sentenced at Manchester Crown Court on 23 October.

It is estimated the stolen goods found by police at Buckley's flat were worth more than 250,000.

Book dealer

All the offences took place between January last year and March this year, when he was dismissed from his job.

Judge Clement Goldstone adjourned sentencing on Friday after the court was told the police and library do not yet have full details of the total number of books stolen.

It is believed Buckley made up to 19,000 on the books he sold on the internet and in private sales.

Library bosses were alerted by a rare book dealer in Somerset who recognised one of the books on sale as being from its collection.

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