Vicar Andrew Mitcham sentenced over indecent images

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Norwich Crown Court
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Norwich Crown Court heard Mitcham had spent time at a monastery contemplating what he had done

A vicar who had indecent images of children on his home computer has been given a suspended sentence.

Andrew Mitcham, 51, was arrested after police seized several hard drives and computers from the vicarage in Church Street, Walsingham, Norfolk, in July.

He admitted five charges at Norwich Crown Court and was sentenced to eight months, suspended for two years.

Judge Stephen Holt said Walsingham was "particularly noted for its religious importance and significance".

Walsingham's Anglican Shrine has been a place of Christian pilgrimage since the Middle Ages and attracts thousands of visitors each year.

The court heard Mitcham, who was vicar of six churches in the area, had been suspended by the Church of England.

He admitted three charges of taking indecent photographs of a child, one of possessing indecent images and one count of possessing an extreme pornographic image.

Andrew Clare, defending, said Mitcham had spent time at a monastery coming to terms with what he had done.

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