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MANCHESTER, England, Oct 25, 2006 (UPI via COMTEX) -- A former Manchester, England, librarian convicted of stealing rare books worth hundreds of thousands of pounds got a suspended sentence Wednesday.

Norman Buckley took more than 455 rare books, posters and documents worth an estimated $175,000 pounds ($328,000) from the Manchester Central Library -- including a 16th century edition of Geoffrey Chaucer's works and poet John Donne's 1654 "Elegies," the Daily Mail reported Wednesday.

Buckley sold some of the pilfered items on the Internet and reportedly got 1,800 pounds ($3,379) for "Elegies," the newspaper said.

During Wednesday's hearing, Buckley, 44, was ordered to serve 250 hours of commmunity service and given a 65 week prison term that was suspended for two years.

Most of the library's missing booty was recovered from Buckley's home, police said.


Copyright 2006 by United Press International

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