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07/07/2013 15:17 BST | Updated 07/07/2013 15:21 BST

General Synod Disrupted By Man Who Is Dramatically Arrested (PICTURES)

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

The 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.

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.

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The man was not said to be a protester

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.

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Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby looks on as the man is restrained

Smith was seen by ambulance staff and changed his shirt before returning to the service.

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Police restrained the man

The Most Rev Welby went to the back of the Minster during the traditional exchange of the Sign of Peace to speak at length to Smith.

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A man is carried away by police

A spokesman for North Yorkshire police said: "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."