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Meeting over cathedral security
Manchester Cathedral
Insuring Manchester Cathedral costs 50,000 each year
A meeting to discuss how to improve security at Manchester Cathedral is to be staged in the new year.

Cathedral staff are to meet police, council and local businesses after burglaries and vandalism forced the church's insurance costs up to 50,000.

It follows an attempted burglary at the cathedral earlier in December in which a dozen windows were smashed.

In October thieves also smashed a stained glass window before breaking in to steal a collection box.

David Marshall, spokesman for the Cathedral, said: "We hope the police, local businesses and the council might be able to see security around the cathedral as part of a wider issue.

"The cathedral is surrounded by four busy pubs and the immediate grounds are open to the public 24 hours a day.

"We are not sure if the lighting needs improving, if it is a police patrol issue, or a wider security problem in the area - this is why we are hoping to have the security summit early in January."

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