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14 January 2014, 10:09
A 56-year-old man from Great Yarmouth has been arrested on suspicion of possession of indecent images of children.
He's been released on police bail pending further inquiries.
Statement From The Diocese
The Revd Fr David Jennings, a priest of the Diocese of east Anglia, was arrested on January 9th with regard to allegations relating to safeguarding issues. He has been released on police bail and will report back to them in due course. Fr Jennings has voluntarily withdrawn from all active ministry and as a governor of S Mary's Primary School, Gorleston, and as a member of the Safeguarding Commission for the Diocese with immediate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.
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.
Statement From Norfolk Police:
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.