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York Minster arrest

A man has been arrested on suspicion of assault after temporarily disrupting the start of a General Synod service at York Minster.

The Church of England said the man, who was held at the back of the Minster before being removed by police, was not a protester.

A man was restrained within yards of the Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Rev Justin Welby and the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu as they processed in for the beginning of the Holy Communion service.

A spokesman said two people suffered minor injuries in the scuffle - a member of Dr Sentamu's staff, Dave Smith, who had a bloodied face and a steward who suffered a bump to the back of his head.

"We received a call just after 10 O'Clock with a report of an assault on a male at York Minster.

"We were there within minutes and one male was arrested on suspicion of assault."

– North Yorkshire Police spokesman


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New attraction tells 2000 year story of York Minster

The new Undercroft at York Minster tells the story of the building's 2000 year history from the days of the Romans to the present. The contemporary chambers which now fill the below-ground area use the space which dug out during emergency excavations in the 1970s to shore up the susbiding tower.

The team behind the new exhibition describe it as an immersive and interactive journey featuring artefacts never before on public display that will allow visitors to see, touch and hear the building's history.

The land upon which the cathedral now stands has been a centre, military, political, social and theological [for centuries], influencing not only regional but national history. For the first time, 'Revealing York Minster' brings together the archaeological discoveries and the written archives, dating back to the 7th Century. It will provide visitors with an insight into the evolution of the city and York Minster's central role within that, right up to the present day with a glimpse at the people who work being the scenes, making use of the very latest technology.

– The Very Rev Vivienne Faull, Dean of York.


York Minster exhibition

A new exhibition will show off the 2000 year history of one of our region's most famous buildings for the first time.

Finishing touches are being made to a series of a chambers underneath York Minster.

The displays show the archaeological remnants of buildings that used to stand on the site and use the latest technology to show how they have transformed into the famous building that stands there today.

Troops attend thanksgiving at York Minster

Members of the 4th Mechanised Brigade at York Minster Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Troops who have just returned from Afghanistan have been attending a thanksgiving service at York Minster.

Troops gathering outside York Minster ahead of the ceremony Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu and the Forces Minister Andrew Robathan MP joined hundreds of armed forces personnel who have recently returned home from service.

Hundreds of soldiers turned out for a thanksgiving service Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The 4th Mechanised Brigade lost nine soldiers during their six month tour of Helmand Province.

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Yorkshire connections of King Richard III

The Yorkshire Branch of the Richard III Society claim, naturally, that Yorkshire was his favourite county of all. And that it was in Yorkshire that he was happiest, where he and his wife, Anne Neville, daughter of Warwick the Kingmaker made their first - and favourite - home, at Middleham Castle .

It was also in Yorkshire that that their only son, Edward was born in 1473, and spent most of his tragically short life. Debate is already underway as to whether the last Yorkist monarch should be brought 'home' - with some calling for the burial place to be York Minster.

The last English King to die in battle - he lived for 12 years in the North of England.Some historians say that although entitled to be buried at Westmister Abbey alongside other Kings and Queens of England, he had announced his intention to be buried at York.

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