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Hammer wielding Russian man arrested allegedly trying to steal Magna Carta from Salisbury Cathedral - report

After a quiet few weeks Salisbury Cathedral has once again found itself in the headlines as a hammer wielding man has attempted to steal the Magna Carta, dailymirror reports.

There has been a flood of suggestions that Russian tourists are behind the failed heist.

The 45-year-old man is now in police custody after he tried to steal the historic document by smashing its glass display box in the famous Cathedral.

The incident happened at around 5pm on Thursday.

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The cathedral has been the focus of a lot of international attention following the Skripal poisoning case, with the two suspects saying they were visiting the site because of its “famous 123 meter spire.”

File photo The Salisbury Cathedral.
The Magna Carta dates back to 1215, during the reign of King John of England.

It is widely considered to be one of Britain’s most influential legal documents and is a charter of rights of all British subjects.

Only four known copies of the document exist, with the version held at Salisbury considered by historians to be the best-preserved.

The unnamed man is being held on suspicion of attempted theft of the historic document.

He is also likely to be charged with criminal damage and possession of an offensive weapon.

The Magna Carta was not damaged, and no one was injured, in the incident.

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