Man to stand trial over bid to steal Magna Carta
A trial date has been set for a 46-year-old man accused of the attempted theft of a "priceless" 800-year-old version of Magna Carta at Salisbury Cathedral.
Mark Royden, from Canterbury, Kent, is accused of using a hammer to smash the protective glass box surrounding the ancient manuscript on October 25 last year.
He is alleged to have been stopped by members of staff and a tourist before being arrested by police.
The defendant, who represented himself at Winchester Crown Court, is charged with stealing "an original version of the Magna Carta, the value of which is priceless, belonging to Salisbury Cathedral".
He also faces a second charge of criminal damage to the cabinet holding the document.
Royden, who was released on bail, pleaded not guilty to the two charges.
Judge Susan Evans set the trial date for January 27 at Salisbury Crown Court, with a trial preparation hearing on October 7.