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Reverend Tony McSweeney, who is a priest of the Diocese of East Anglia, is one of two men who have been arrested over allegations of historical child abuse at the Elm guest house.
Father David Bagstaff, Diocesan Administrator of the Diocese of East Anglia, said: “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 investigation.”
Two men have been arrested by detectives investigating allegations of historic child abuse.
Detectives are investigating claims that boys were taken from a care home and abused at a nearby guest house in London.
Two men were arrested over allegations of child abuse in the 1980's at the Elm Guest House and nearby Grafton Close Children’s Home in London.
The police are investigating allegations that boys were taken from the home and abused at the guest house.
Mary Moss, a former youth protection worker who was in contact with the boys at the time, told ITV News she was certain child abuse happened at the guest house.
Director of the NSPCC helpline Peter Watt said:
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A spokesman for Richmond Council, which ran the care home, said:
The Metropolitan Police confirmed the two men arrested as part of Operation Fernbridge on suspicion of sexual offences are currently in police custody.
Commander Peter Spindler, head of the MPS Specialist Crime Investigations, said: