Man arrested following attempted theft of Magna Carta from Salisbury Cathedral

Man arrested over attempted theft of Magna Carta from Salisbury Cathedral

Man arrested on suspicion of trying to steal original 1215 Magna Carta from Salisbury Cathedral

Alarms were activated at the cathedral and the police were called shortly before 5pm on Wednesday.

Only four copies of the Magna Carta remain, and Salisbury Cathedral claims to have the best preserved original manuscript, taken there in the days after being sealed at Runnymede.

She told the Salisbury Journal: "We were walking past the cathedral as the alarms started, and everyone was starting to come out".

"It looked like some men play-fighting but as they got through the gates I saw a hammer drop to the floor and one of the men kicked it into the road whilst another man held on to him", the eyewitness said.

A man was arrested in Salisbury, England on October 25 for attempted theft of the Magna Carta.

The suspect has been taken into custody for questioning in Melksham, according to Wiltshire police.

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A witness has been reported to describe how the suspect was held on to the suspect after he tried to break the case holding the Magna Carta.

A 45-year-old man was arrested Thursday for trying to steal the Magna Carta from the city's famed cathedral.

The parchment, one of only four original copies still surviving, was not damaged in the incident, they added.

Salisbury Cathedral has also been in the news recently because two Russians accused of carrying out the March nerve agent attack on ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia claimed during a TV interview in September that they had traveled to Salisbury to see its "famous cathedral", not to poison anyone.

"We are very grateful to all who dealt with the situation so swiftly and effectively".

A statement from the cathedral said the Magna Carta has been removed from display "for the time being" and apologised to visitors.

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