Essex

Vicar enters no plea on indecent child images charges

A vicar has appeared in court charged with possessing indecent images of children.

The Rev Peter Low, vicar of the United Benefice of Heybridge with Langford in Essex, is charged with three counts of possession of indecent images of children and one count of possession of a prohibited image of a child.

The 64-year-old did not enter a plea during a brief hearing at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

All counts relate to July 27 last year.

Mr Low, of Crescent Road, Heybridge, spoke only to confirm his name, age and address and was bailed to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on March 29.

As part of his bail conditions he must not have unsupervised contact with under-18s.

He has been suspended from his duties by the Diocese of Chelmsford.