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Theft of Magna Carta

Mark Roydan? tried to break the glass at the Salisbury Cathedral today, but was thwarted by thick glass and apprehended just outside the cathedral. I can’t believe how brazen these thiefs are becoming! So glad he got caught!

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Hope they throw the magna book at him.

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1062 posts

"Mark Roydan? tried to break the glass at the Salisbury Cathedral today,"

It happened a year and a half ago.

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5817 posts

Before everyone starts making sweeping statements about brazen thieves and throwing books at them maybe read a bit more than the headline! The gentleman involved suffers from brain damage requiring a carer. His thought processes are definitely impaired having an impact on his logic and behaviour. Hopefully he will receive the help that he obviously needs

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1062 posts

"Hope they throw the magna book at him."

I would say that was a joke!!

As far as getting the help he needs, from the BBC report: "He had 23 previous convictions covering 51 offences, including theft and criminal damage, the court heard." I doubt it very much.

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5817 posts

Yes I also doubt he will get the right help, or even if he is helpable. Like all of us, I don't know the background but a custodial sentence doesn't sound like a great idea for someone in his circumstances.

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15573 posts

"Custodial sentence" sounds like it could be locked up in psychiatric institution. I am not up on British legalese.

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4654 posts

Reports suggest that his motivation may have been rooted in "freeman on the land" conspiracy theory (think US "sovereign citizens", but even wilder).