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Father McSweeney posed a "high risk of serious harm" to children

Jailing paedophile priest Father Anthony McSweeney at Southwark Crown Court today, the judge said that even though he had not touched the victim himself, he had encouraged it and posed a risk of 'serious harm' to children.

He abused the boy along with his friend John Stingemore, who was found dead weeks before his trial.

I would certainly assess that Father McSweeney poses a high risk of serious harm to children.

Touching of the child was done with his approval and encouragement and for his sexual gratification, and it therefore makes no difference whatever, that he was not the one who in fact touched the child.

– Judge Alistair McCreath

Paedophile priest jailed for sexually abusing young boy

A Catholic priest has been jailed for three years for sexually abusing a young boy at a children's home in Hounslow.

Father Anthony McSweeney has been jailed for three years Credit: PA Wire

Father Anthony McSweeney, who is 68, was convicted of abusing the boy at Grafton Close Children's Home between 1979 and 1981.

He was also found guilty of making indecent images of children.

He preyed on the boy with his close friend John Stingemore, 72, who managed the care home and was found dead in January weeks before his trial.

The priest was cleared in February of three indecent assaults on two other boys at the care home and of taking a pornographic photo of one of these boys.


90-year-old woman's bag stolen as she prayed in church

A 90-year-old woman's bag was stolen as she prayed in church in West London. The victim left her handbag behind as she went to the altar during an Ash Wednesday service in St Nicholas' Church in Hounslow. When she returned, the bag was gone.

CCTV image of a man police are looking for Credit: Metropolitan Police

The victim and others from the church searched the local area and found the bag and the woman's personal belongings on the street.

A quantity of cash had been taken from her purse.

The suspect was caught on CCTV entering the church and sitting at the back, before taking the victim’s bag and leaving.

The suspect is described as a black man, approximately 30-years of age and 6ft tall. He was wearing blue jeans, white trainers and was carrying a bag.

– Met Police

Anyone with information can call police on 101, or to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Disused building collapse in Hounslow

Part of a west London building has collapsed, according to reports. Firefighters were called to a disused building in Hounslow this afternoon, after witnesses described seeing a crane crash into the tower block. Witnesses posted their photographs on social networking sites:

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