Norfolk church leader arrested by police

A police cordon was put in place around a property in Brundall. Picture: James Bass

A police cordon was put in place around a property in Brundall. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2012

A Norfolk church leader has been suspended from the ministry after it emerged he has been arrested by police.

Rev James Roskelly, rector of the Benefice of Dickleburgh and the Pulhams, has been bailed until March 21 of next year pending further enquiries.

A spokesman for Norfolk Police said: 'Norfolk Constabulary can confirm a 58-year-old man from the Harleston area has been arrested in connection with an ongoing investigation.

'He's been released on police bail until 21 March 2016 pending further enquiries.'

The Venerable Jan McFarlane, spokesman for the diocese of Norwich, said: 'The Revd James Roskelly has been arrested and is helping police with their inquiries.

'Mr Roskelly has been suspended from ministry by the Bishop of Norwich pending the outcome of the police inquiries. We are co-operating fully with the police.

'The Bishop of Thetford and the Archdeacon of Norfolk are working to provide pastoral support and on-going ministry in the parishes, and our prayers are with all concerned.'

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The benefice is made up of churches in Dickleburgh, Pulham Market, Pulham St Mary, Rushall, Starston, Thelveton, Frenze and Shimpling.