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January 15th, 2014 - Comments Off

NORFOLK, England – News report says a Norwich-born Catholic priest who was awarded Freedom of the City of Peterborough in 2012 for services to the area has withdrawn from active ministry.

Father David Jennings

Father David Jennings, current parish priest of St Mary’s Church in Great Yarmouth, was arrested last week by Norfolk Police.

The priest reportedly took over at the church in September having previously served at St Peter and All Souls Church in Peterborough which he left in June 2011.

Jennings was the first Catholic Chaplain at HM Prison Peterborough when it opened in 2005 and also served at churches in Cambridge and Wymondham.  Since being arrested, he has voluntarily withdrawn from active ministry and from his role as a primary school governor.

“The Revd Fr David Jennings, a priest of the Diocese of east Anglia, was arrested on January 9 with regard to allegations relating to safeguarding issues,” according to a statement released by the Diocese of East Anglia.

He has been released on police bail and will report back to them in due course.

“Fr Jennings has voluntarily withdrawn from all active ministry and as a governor of S Mary’s Primary School, Gorleston, and as a member of the Safeguarding Commission for the Diocese with immediate effect.”

“His withdrawal makes no judgement of guilt or innocence but is in accord with the safeguarding procedures of the Catholic Church of England and Wales.”

“At present it would not be appropriate to make any further comment,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, Norfolk Police said in a statement: “A 56-year-old man from Great Yarmouth has been arrested on suspicion of possession of indecent images of children.”

“He has been released on police bail pending further inquiries.”

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