Rector is investigated for assault allegation

The Reverend Simon Sayers
The Reverend Simon Sayers
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POLICE have confirmed they are investigating an allegation of indecent assault made against a parish rector.

Rev Simon Sayers, rector of the Warblington with Emsworth parish, has been suspended from his position as the Metropolitan police carry out an inquiry.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said the alleged offence took place in the Islington area of London.

He said: ‘Detectives from the Met’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command are investigating allegations of non-recent indecent assault.

‘The offences are alleged to have taken place in the Islington area during the early 90s.

‘A 55-year-old man was arrested on January 23 and has been bailed to return, pending further inquiries, on a date in early April.

‘Inquiries continue.’

People in Emsworth have spoken of their shock as Mr Sayers is very popular and well-respected.

Over the years he has helped with St George’s Day events and the Christmas lights switch-on.

Officials at the Diocese of Portsmouth said their ‘prayers are with all of those involved in this difficult situation’.