Teens abuse Salisbury Cathedral worshippers

Teens abuse Salisbury Cathedral worshippers

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 11:47am 21st October 2019. (Updated at 1:36pm 21st October 2019)

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The same group is also believed to have assaulted a woman in the Maltings.

Police are linking the two incidents, which happened yesterday morning (Sunday 20th October).

A group of four boys disturbed a service at the Cathedral at around 8.10am by shouting abuse at people attending. 

We're told they also splashed water from the font during the visit.

Font - Salisbury Cathedral Sept 2019 (Mike Draper) (3)
The boys targeted the font at the Cathedral during the incident

The security team from the Cathedral were called and the group were removed from the area.


A woman in her 50s was walking through the Maltings at around 9.30am when the same group of boys approached her.

She was spat at and verbally abused by the group.

She was a tourist visiting the city with her husband.

The Maltings  Shopping centre - Sept 2019 (Jack Deery)
The second anti-social behaviour incident happened in the shopping centre less than an hour later


Police arrested a 14 year old local boy shortly afterwards.

That was on suspicion of common assault, a public order offence and possession of cannabis.

He's been interviewed and released on conditional bail.

Sergeant Steve Jolly, from Wiltshire South Community Policing Team, said: 

"This was disgusting behaviour by this group of boys, not only disrupting and disturbing church-goers, but spitting at and verbally abusing a woman.

"These incidents do not represent the image of Salisbury that we want to portray to tourists and residents, and it is important to note that it will not be tolerated.

"We have made one arrest, but our enquiries are continuing and we need to hear from any witnesses who can assist. We know there will have been a lot of people who were present during both incidents, so if you can help, please call us."

Police are now asking anyone with information to get in touch with them on 101, quoting crime reference number 54190104496

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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