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Olympic gymnast Louis Smith suspended for two months

Peterborough gymnast Louis Smith has been suspended for two months by British Gymnastics for a breach of its standards of conduct. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Peterborough gymnast Louis Smith has been suspended for two months by British Gymnastics for a breach of its standards of conduct, the governing body has announced in a statement.

It follows an incident when the Olympic medallist was filmed with fellow gymnast Luke Carson apparently mocking Islam and the video was posted on social media.

Louis Smith immediately apologised for the video.

"It is regrettable that following a historic summer of achievement, the organisation finds itself in this difficult position with two high profile members in breach of our standards of conduct.

"Whilst both individuals showed remorse following the incident, we hope in the future they use their profile to have a positive impact on sport and communities."

– Jane Allen, British Gymnastics Chief Executive

Former Canary is one step closer to becoming a priest

Phil Mulryne playing for Norwich City in 2002. Credit: PA Archive.

A former Norwich City footballer has taken his latest steps on his journey to become a priest.

Philip Mulryne, 38, was made a deacon in the Dominican Order at an ordination at St Saviour's church in north Dublin.

The ex-Northern Ireland international played for the Canaries between 1998 and 2005, having come through the youth system at Manchester United.

After being dogged by injury, Mulryne ended his playing career in King's Lynn before moving back to Northern Ireland.

The west Belfast man is now on course to become a priest next year. The former midfielder was ordained by the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, on Saturday in front of family and friends.


Mosque has 'no objection' to proposed Louis Smith visit

The chairman of a mosque in Peterborough has invited gymnast Louis Smith to observe prayers in a bid to educate him about the Muslim religion.

Abdul Choudhuri from the Faizan-e-Madina Mosque in the city has taken the step after a video emerged of Smith appearing to mock Islam.

Smith has since apologised for his actions, and Mr Choudhuri has called on him to be forgiven.

"We have no objection if he asks for forgiveness," Mr Choudhuri said.

"He should come to the mosque and learn what Islam is all about.

"We want to make him aware and understand the religion of Islam. He is a role model and we hope that by learning about Islam, he will be a better person."


Bishop of Peterborough abseils down cathedral

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes.

The Bishop of Peterborough got a little bit closer to God today - as he abseiled from the top of the city's cathedral.

More than 200 people had signed up to abseil down the historic building Credit: ITV News Anglia

He was taking part in a sponsored event to raise funds for improvements at the Cathedral, in time for its 900th anniversary in 2018.

The historian and television presenter Jonathan Foyle was among those taking part.

Region's first female archdeacon to become bishop

The Right Reverend Jan McFarlane will move to Derbyshire. Credit: ITV Anglia.

East Anglia's first female archdeacon leaves her role this week to become one of the first women bishops.

The Right Reverend Jan McFarlane will move to Derbyshire to become Bishop of Repton after 17 years in Norfolk.

"Norfolk and Norwich has become home really.

I always feel like I've been adopted by the people of Norfolk. I just know how we're going to leave this incredible cathedral, this beautiful city and the people who really have become friends over the years"

– Right Reverend Jan McFarlane
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