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No action against sex probe rector

No further action is to be taken by police against a village church rector accused of indecent assault dating back to the early 1990s.

The Rev Simon Sayers was suspended from his position at St James CoE Church in Emsworth, Hampshire, and St Thomas a Beckett in Warblington following his arrest by the Metropolitan Police in January.

The allegation against the 55-year-old was of indecent assault dating back to the early 1990s in the Islington area.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed that there would be no further action taken after Rev Sayers was due to answer bail today.

A spokesman for the Diocese of Portsmouth said: "We understand that the police investigation into the Rev Simon Sayers, rector of St James, Emsworth, and St Thomas a Becket, Warblington, has been dropped. When he was arrested in January, he was suspended from all parish duties by the bishop, in line with Church of England policy, while the investigation took place.

"Now that the police investigation is complete, the Diocese of Portsmouth needs to examine the details of the allegations for itself in order to determine the best way forward for Simon's ministry and the parish."

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