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UK news in brief

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23 October 2015

ROCHESTER CATHEDRAL

“Grandfather of Magna Carta”: the Textus Roffensis, compiled in Rochester in the 1120s, is on display in Rochester Cathedral until 6 December. www.magnacartarediscovered.co.uk 

“Grandfather of Magna Carta”: the Textus Roffensis, compiled in Rochester in the 1120s, is on display in Rochester Cathedral until 6 December. www.magnacartarediscovered.co.uk 

BBC launches Faith in the World

BBC Radio 2 has launched a week of programming dedicated to the experience of growing up as a teenager in multifaith Britain. The new initiative, Faith in the World Week, aired on the Good Morning Sunday show this week. The programme discussed a poll that found that 59 per cent of questioned adults believed that children today understood more about religious diversity in communities than they had when young.

 

Bishop urges boost to rural housing

THE Bishop of St Albans, Dr Alan Smith, has urged the Government to boost the supply of affordable housing in rural communities. Raising the issue in the House of Lords on Thursday of last week, Dr Smith said that that the average home costs “eight times the average salary” in country areas.

 

Priest admits to indecent images of children

A FORMER vicar, the Revd Jason Kennett-Orpwood, 59, of Hampshire Drive, Wrexham, has been placed on the Sex Offenders Register, after admitting to possessing and distributing indecent images of children. Mr Kennett-Orpwood pleaded guilty to 11 charges related to the possession of 66 indecent films, and 1425 images of children, between April 2011 and May 2015, at Mold Crown Court last Friday. He was suspended in 1999 after child pornography was found on his computer (News, 4 June 1999). He will be sentenced in November.

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