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Priest is charged with abuse of children

A Roman Catholic priest has been charged in relation to alleged historic sexual abuse at a children's home in England, police have said.

Father Anthony McSweeney (66) was charged with three counts of indecent assault, three of making indecent images of a child, one count of taking indecent images of a child and one of possessing indecent images of a child following an investigation into abuse alleged to have taken place at Grafton Close Children's Home in Hounslow, west London.

A second man, John Stingemore (71), was charged with eight counts of indecent assault, two of taking indecent images of a child and one count of conspiracy with persons unknown to commit buggery.

The charges relate to seven victims, all of whom were aged between nine and 15 when the offences are alleged to have taken place during the 1970s and 80s.

Both men are due to appear in court on September 4.

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