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  Print worker admits stealing OOTP pages
Updated 14 May 2003, 13.52
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
A print factory worker has admitted in court stealing pages from the new Harry Potter book.

Donald Parfitt worked at Clays Printers in Bungay, Suffolk, where copies of OOTP are being printed.

The 44-year-old forklift truck driver from Worlingham, Suffolk, admitted theft when he appeared in court in Lowestoft.

It heard that he had found pages from the book in a car park at the print works.

Potter author JK Rowling
Potter author JK Rowling

Other people then became involved and attempts were made to sell the stolen pages to a newspaper.

Mr Parfitt was arrested after the newspaper contacted the police.

His solicitor said that Mr Parfitt was "extremely embarrassed about the trouble he had caused".

He added that Mr Parfitt was likely to lose his job.

The magistrates are now considering how to punish Mr Parfitt and his sentence will be handed out on 4 June.

Three others - Garry Cox, 18, from Harleston in Norfolk and two 16-year-olds who cannot be named for legal reasons - have been charged with handling stolen goods.



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