Man denies attempted theft of Salisbury's Magna Carta

Man denies attempted theft of Salisbury's Magna Carta

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 3:56pm 31st July 2019.

2 minute read

Mark Royden is accused of trying to smash the protective glass around the priceless document at Salisbury Cathedral.

The 46 year old from Canterbury in Kent has also entered a not guilty plea for a charge of criminal damage.

He's due to appear at Salisbury Crown Court on October 7th, with a trial scheduled for January 27th 2020.

He's also been released on bail, with the condition not to enter the Cathedral Close in Salisbury.

Magna Carta Smashed Glass February 2019
The Magna Carta in its home at Salisbury Cathedral


Mr Royden's alleged to have gone into the Chapter House at Salisbury Cathedral on October 25th last year and attempted to steal the 804 year old document.

The glass cabinet surrounding was damaged, but luckily the Magna Carta itself wasn't and no-one was injured.

Magna Carta Smashed Glass February 2019
The smashed glass has been kept as a feature within the Cathedral since the incident

Salisbury's version is one of only four copies of the document still in existence and it is the best preserved.

The damage caused in the incident is thought to value close to £14,500.

Since the attack, the display cabinet has been upgraded, with extra safety measures and the highest quality protective glass possible.

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