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UK news in brief

07 September 2012

Dr Sentamu highlights internet threat

THE Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, has spoken out against the "immeasurable misery and heartache" caused to British families by the exposure of children to inappropriate material on the internet. In an article for the Daily Mail on Tuesday, Dr Sentamu called for a default setting to block "harmful sites" from all computers. Adults would have to opt in. A government consultation on parental internet controls ended yesterday.

Protests after Dorset priest is suspended

A PRIEST has been suspended from a church in Dorset while financial discrepancies are being investigated. Canon Dr Andrew Hawthorne, Assistant Curate of Holy Trinity, Christchurch, near Bournemouth, denies any wrongdoing. Members of the congregation were planning to demonstrate against his suspension in Saxon Square, Christchurch, today (Friday). A spokesman for the Winchester diocese said: "The issues are currently the subject of legal proceedings and an internal investigation."

Save the Children targets the UK

ONE in eight of the poorest children in the UK has no hot meal a day, suggests a survey of 1500 children and 5000 parents, conducted by Save the Children. The charity this week launched a campaign to raise £500,000 to help children in this country. It is the first time in its 93-year history that the charity, which traditionally works abroad, has begun a campaign in the UK.

Bishop backs alternative to loan sharks

THE Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham, the Rt Revd Paul Butler, is backing a new campaign designed to help prevent people being exploited by loan sharks. The 100x100 scheme, launched this week, asks people to consider saving at least £100 in a local credit union for at least 12 months. It aims to generate at least £10,000 worth of savings that could then be used to help fund affordable loans for borrowers.

Norfolk woman admits to harassing cleric

A WOMAN from Norfolk, Maureen Peace, has pleaded guilty to harassing a cleric after he conducted her mother's funeral. The Revd Keith Rengert, who was Assistant Curate of North Walsham and Edingthorpe at the time, and has since been appointed Rector of Spixworth, received unwanted letters, cards, and gifts between July 2010 and June this year. Miss Peace was given a restraining order and a community order for 12 months, with a mental-health treatment requirement, at Norwich Magistrates Court last Friday.


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