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Rural dean Very Rev Martin Thrower arrested in voyeurism case

Suffolk Police arrested the Very Rev Martin Thrower, Rector of Hadleigh, Layham and Shelley, on 4 August. Image copyright Google/Church of England
Image caption Suffolk Police arrested the Very Rev Martin Thrower, Rector of Hadleigh, Layham and Shelley, on 4 August

A rural dean and rector has been suspended from his duties after he was arrested on suspicion of voyeurism.

As first reported by the EADT, Suffolk Police arrested the Very Rev Martin Thrower, Rector of Hadleigh, Layham and Shelley, on 4 August.

The Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich said he was suspended until further notice.

His wife Pauline Thrower said the family was supporting him "with unconditional love".

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John Howard, spokesman for the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, said: "He (Dean Thrower) has been suspended from all offices within the diocese until further notice.

"We have made arrangements to look after his church duties and to offer support to his parishes at this difficult time.

"We will make no further comment while the police investigation is ongoing."

Mrs Thrower said: "It is with great sadness that we find ourselves in the situation we are now in.

"Whilst this has come as a shock to us as a family, we are all supporting Martin with unconditional love at this difficult time."

Dean Thrower, who is also rural dean of Hadleigh, was released on police bail until 10 October.

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