Archbishop to set up inquiry into abuse claims

The Archbishop of York has said the Church of England treats child abuse allegations "with the utmost seriousness" as he confirmed he is setting up an independent inquiry into claims against a former cathedral dean.

Dr John Sentamu's statement comes after his predecessor, Lord Hope of Thornes, denied suggestions he covered up allegations against Robert Waddington, a former Dean of Manchester Cathedral, who died from cancer five years ago.

The Times newspaper claimed Lord Hope, who was Archbishop of York between 1995 and 2005, was twice informed about allegations against Mr Waddington, who is said to have abused a chorister in Manchester in the 1980s and a school boy in Australia.

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Ex-Archbishop cover-up claims

A former Archbishop of York has been accused of covering up allegations that a senior Church of England clergyman had abused choirboys and school pupils. Lord Hope has told The Times he acted in line with the Church's child protection policy.