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Catholic priest held over care home 'child sex abuse ring'
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02/07/2013 07:17 AM
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A Catholic priest was one of two men arrested yesterday by detectives investigating allegations of historic child abuse centering around a guesthouse and a care home in south west London.
Reverend Tony McSweeney, 66, from Norfolk, was held along with another man aged 70 from East Sussex on suspicion of sexual offences.
The allegations are linked to Elm Guest House and the Grafton Close care home in Barnes.
A Diocese of East Anglia spokesman confirmed Revd McSweeney was arrested, and 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."
The arrests were made as part of Operation Fernbridge, which was launched after concerns were raised by MP Tom Watson.
Speaking in Parliament in October last year, he said that a file of evidence used to convict Peter Righton of importing child pornography in 1992 contained "clear intelligence" of a sex abuse gang.
[link to www.standard.co.uk]