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UK news in brief

04 September 2015


Bereft: one of the brick boxes from which lights were stolen 

Bereft: one of the brick boxes from which lights were stolen 

Boston Stump floodlights stolen after flood recovery

NEW LED floodlights that were set to illuminate the famous church tower in Boston, Lincolnshire, have been stolen before they were even turned on. Two lights were taken from brick boxes at St Botolph’s, known as Boston Stump, on Monday. They had been scheduled to be switched on in November, the first time that the building would have been lit up since being flooded by a tidal surge in December 2013. The Team Rector of Boston, the Revd Alyson Buxton, said it was "a very sad day for the church".


Canon Pemberton ‘may have to wait until next year’

CANON Jeremy Pemberton, the chaplain who has brought a discrimination case over being refused a bishop’s licence after his marriage to his male partner, may have to wait until next year for a decision, it emerged this week. His case is being heard at Nottingham Justice Centre (News, 19 June). A PA report said that it was not expected to conclude until next year.


Bishop Newcome takes on Sir Keir Starmer

THE Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Revd James Newcome, who speaks for the House of Bishops on health care, has challenged the former Director of Public Prosecutions, Sir Keir Starmer, over his support for the Assisted Dying Bill (Comment, Faith, 21 August). It would have "no achievable outcome other than facilitating some individuals at the cost of placing many thousands of vulnerable people at risk", the Bishop wrote in a letter to The Times on Monday.

Correction Bishop of Llandaff High School, in Cardiff, is a Church in Wales school, not C of E, as a heading implied last week.

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