Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham
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'Profound sorrow' over paedophile priest's attacks

The Archbishop of Birmingham has said he wants to express his "profound sorrow and deep regret" to each of the victims of a former Roman Catholic priest from Staffordshire.

Alexander Bede Walsh, of Church Lane, Abbots Bromley, was convicted of two serious sexual offences and 19 counts of indecent assault at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

The paedophile carried out the attacks while working at children's homes and churches between the 1970s and 1990s.

The offences against boys aged between eight and 16 happened while Walsh was working in Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Coventry.