Priest arrested over indecent images

A priest from Norfolk has been arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children.

Father David Jennings was appointed parish priest at St Mary's in Great Yarmouth in 2012.

Norfolk Police confirmed a 56-year-old man had been released on police bail.

In a statement, the Diocese of East Anglia said Father Jennings had voluntarily withdrawn from all active ministry, as a governor at St Mary's Primary School in Gorleston, and as a member of the Safeguarding Commission for the Diocese of East Anglia.

But it said the priest's withdrawal from his duties "makes no judgement of guilt of innocence".

The Right Revd Alan Hopes, Bishop of East Anglia, said: "The safeguarding of children and vulnerable people is of paramount importance to the Catholic Church."