The Magna Carta was signed by King John in 1215, and it the foundation of modern democracy. There are only four copies of it in existence, the best preserved of which is kept at the Salisbury Cathedral. We saw this copy of the Magna Carta on display at the Salisbury Cathedral when we visited England four years ago.
Yesterday, a man with a hammer broke through the protective case that housed the historic document and set off an alarm while attempting to steal it. BBC News reported that the would-be thief was caught and arrested while trying to flee the scene. The Magna Carta was not damaged, but it has been temporarily removed from the cathedral while they repair the display case.