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Former Norfolk Catholic Priest jailed for three years for sexually abusing teenage boy at care home

Father Anthony McSweeney arrives at Southwark Crown Court. Credit: PA

A former Norfolk Roman Catholic priest has been jailed for three years for sexually abusing a teenage boy at a care home.

Father Anthony McSweeney has also been put on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years and has been given a Sexual Harm Prevention order which means he has no access to boys between the ages of 12 and 17 without supervision.

He will also only have controlled use of the internet and computers.

Father Anthony McSweeney went on to become a governor of Notre Dame High School in Norwich. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Father Anthony McSweeney was found guilty of abuse at a children's home in Hounslow, west London, between 1979 and 1981.

In 1998 he was moved from St Peter's Catholic Church in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex to St George's in Norwich, and his cleaner discovered pornographic videos at his home.

He went on to become a governor at Notre Dame High School in Norwich.


Former chaplain jailed for possessing indecent images of children

A former chaplain with Cambridgeshire Police has been jailed for 15 months after admitting possessing indecent images of children.

62-year-old Stephen Talbot, from Little Downham near Ely, resigned as chaplain for the Cambridgeshire Constabulary on October 1st, and was arrested the same day.

Stephen Talbot Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

He admitted making 14 indecent images of children ranging from category A to C and possessing four category C indecent images of children.

Talbot also admitted a charge of intending to perverting the course of justice by removing a hard drive from his computer, smashing it and depositing it in bins.

Detective superintendent Gary Ridgway, head of the Public Protection Unit, said: “Some images found on Talbot’s computer were at the highest level and his deliberate act to destroy further evidence means we will never know the true extent of his offending.

“Safeguarding the most vulnerable in society is our priority, so making sure we stop those responsible for this type of crime, no matter who they are, is imperative.

“There has been an enormous breach of trust to those Talbot counselled in his role as a chaplain to the force and I welcome the guilty pleas.”

Talbot is due before Cambridge Crown Court.

Olney not the only pancake race in the region...

Olney pancake race Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's Shrove Tuesday, and that means the annual Olney Pancake Race.

It's a tradition which dates back to 1445. In fact, the Buckinghamshire town claims to be where the first ever pancake race took place. Children have their own event - but only women from Olney can take part in the main 415 yard dash.

Pancake races are also taking place from Little Totham in Essex, to Lowestoft in Suffolk and at the Catholic Cathedral in Norwich among other venues.


Islamic leaders condemn actions of Islamic State after Japanese journalist murder

Islamic leaders in Milton Keynes have condemned the actions of the the so-called Islamic State after the latest murder of a Japanese journalist.

They spoke out as mosques across the country gave people a chance to find out more about the Muslim religion. Organisers hope the national "Visit my Mosque' day will help people realise that most Muslims do not hold extremist views.

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No move for Bishop says female Dean

Jane Hedges became Dean in June Credit: Norwich Cathedral

The Dean of Norwich has revealed she won't be putting her name forward to become one of the first women Bishops in the Church of England - despite being the bookies' favourite.

The Very Reverend Jane Hedges was commenting after the General Synod formally adopted legislation, paving the way for the first female bishops to be ordained next year.

The Dean says she's incredibly happy in her current post.

Meet the Norfolk pensioner who defied death threats to restore a derelict church

He's had to kick out devil worshippers and has flown in the face of local hostility.

But for more than 20 years, Bob Davey has never been deflected from his determination to restore his local church to its former glory.

When he came across St Mary's at Houghton on the Hill in Norfolk, it was a dilapidated ruin. Now church services are being held here again.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson

Norwich and Ely Cathedrals among those to receive major cash injection

Norwich Cathedral will get £491,000. Credit: PA

Cathedrals from across the East are to get a slice of £8million in funding to pay for urgent repairs.

Norwich Cathedral is set to get the largest amount at just under £500,000 for works to the north clerestory and presbytery, while Ely will receive close to £400,000 for repairs to the south transept.

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid MP announced the news today. Credit: PA

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid MP announced the news today, with the money coming from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repair Fund.

"Our heritage in this country is precious and unique. We need to do all we can to protect it for future generations. This second round of grants will ensure that even more of our magnificent and awe-inspiring cathedrals can complete urgent and much needed repairs, so they can continue to play a huge role in the communities they serve.

Our places of worship are also playing a huge part in all our plans to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, and this Fund is helping to ensure they can fulfil this role to remember those who gave so much for us so many years ago."

– Sajid Javid MP

Which Cathedrals will benefit?

  • Norwich - £491,000
  • Ely - £392,060
  • Chelmsford - £268,622
  • Peterborough - £88,433
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