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Man convicted of trying to steal 1215 Magna Carta from UK cathedral

London: A man who tried steal an original copy of the 1215 Magna Carta, considered to be one of the most important documents in the history of democracy, from an English cathedral has been found guilty of criminal damage and attempted theft.

Mark Royden, 47, had denied smashing a glass box housing the priceless manuscript in Salisbury cathedral in southern England in 2018.

Salisbury Cathedral's 1215 copy of the Magna Carta.

Salisbury Cathedral’s 1215 copy of the Magna Carta.Credit:AP

Salisbury Crown Court heard he had set off a fire alarm in the cathedral cloisters before stunning visitors by hitting the glass case with a hammer, causing three holes in it and damage estimated at £14,000 pounds ($27,300).

Failing to break through the safety glass, he tried to run out of the cathedral but was grabbed by maintenance workers and visitors, including an American tourist.

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