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Norfolk priest arrested over indecent images

DavidJennings420The Catholic Diocese of East Anglia has confirmed that Great Yarmouth priest, the Revd Father David Jennings, was arrested on January 9 with regard to a safeguarding issue

 
A Norfolk police spokesman said: “A 56-year-old man from Great Yarmouth has been arrested on suspicion of possession of indecent images of children. He has been released on police bail pending further inquiries”
 
In September 2012, Fr David was appointed parish priest of St Mary’s, Great Yarmouth and he is the priest member of the Diocesan Safeguarding Commission and the Costal Clergy representative to the Commission for Dialogue and Unity
 
Fr Jennings has voluntarily withdrawn from all active ministry and as a governor of St Mary’s Primary School, Gorleston, and as a member of the Safeguarding Commission for the Diocese with immediate effect
 
His withdrawal makes no judgement of guilt or innocence but is in accord with the safeguarding procedures of the Catholic Church of England and Wales, said the statement
 
The Right Revd Alan Hopes, Bishop of East Anglia, has affirmed that: “The safeguarding of children and vulnerable people is of paramount importance to the Catholic Church and the Diocese is co-operating fully with the police in this ongoing investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved in this matter”
 
At present it would not be appropriate to make any further comment, concluded the statement
 
Pictured above is Father David Jennings. Picture courtesy of www.stmarysgy.org.uk


Reproduced from the Network Norwich and Norfolk web site. Used with permission.