Pictures released by Wiltshire Police reveal that glass protecting the document was hit at least three times.Other visitors to the cathedral prevented further damage by restraining the man and then performed a citizens’ arrestA witness described seeing people coming out of the cathedral after the alarms sounded.They told the Salisbury Journal: ‘As we got to the stonemason’s gateway we heard some shouting and could see a few people coming out of the gates so we stopped.
A spokesman for Wiltshire Police said: ‘
‘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‘They then held onto him with hands behind his back whilst they picked up the hammer – lots of people around started to come over .The men really did a good जॉब.
The 1215 manuscript, described as the best original out of the four copies that were made, was enclosed in a glass case in the cathedral.A 45-year-old man is in custody this morning arrested on suspicion of the attempted theft of the Magna Carta.
‘Staff were alerted and police were called.
‘Shortly before 5pm yesterday alarms were activated at Salisbury Cathedral after an attempt was made to smash the glass box surrounding the Magna Carta‘A man matching the description given by witnesses was arrested on suspicion of attempted theft, possession of an offensive weapon and criminal damage and has been taken to Melksham Police custody for questioning. He remains there,’ said the spokesman.
‘If this was you, please get in touch via 101 and quote crime reference number 541800101438.’
‘The Magna Carta has not been damaged and nobody was injured in the incident. We are aware there were a number of witnesses to the incident who may not have spoken to police.
Here, we look at what’s included in Magna Carta, and the history of its signing.
Magna Carta is one of the most important documents in history, and it’s pretty amazing that hundreds of years on it’s still intact.In the west, it’s one of our earliest human rights declarations, which is part of the reason why it’s still so celebrated – especially on its birthday, which is today.
Magna Carta is a document created in 1215
that limited the power of the monarch and established human rights for everyone in England.Signed on 15 June by King John of England in Runnymede, Surrey, Magna Carta was meant as a peace treaty between King John and his subjects, and demanded that every person had to obey the law, including the king.Among the original 63 clauses in the 1215 Magna Carta – many of which dealt with King John’s wrongdoings during his tyrannical reign – were the right to a fair trial by jury for all ‘free men’ and the right of all cities, boroughs, towns and ports to enjoy ‘free customs’.In the 13th century laws were extremely strict and your status could determine how you’d be treated by the legal system. Although this clause excluded peasants at the time, it’s been reinterpreted over the years to give all individuals, whatever their social standing, the right to a trial by jury.
No free man shall be seized or imprisoned,
or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any other way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgement of his equals or by the law of the land.The original charter also included a clause demanding that people should be fined in proportion to their crime, so as not to threaten their livelihood.In 1225 Henry III signed a new version of Magna Carta, which took the idea of a royal treaty one step further.During the 10 years after it was signed, about a third of the charter was rewritten and many of its clauses have been repealed because they cannot be applied to modern law