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Priest subject to risk inquiry

PUBLISHED: 00:18 26 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:45 03 March 2010

A "RISK assessment" is being carried out of a former Ipswich priest quizzed by police over an alleged indecent assault before being released without charge, it emerged today.

A "RISK assessment" is being carried out of a former Ipswich priest quizzed by police over an alleged indecent assault before being released without charge, it emerged today.

Father Dennis Finbow, formerly of Rushmere and a parish priest at St Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Cambridgeshire, was suspended from his post in February following his arrest on suspicion of indecent assault.

The 52-year-old priest, who was ordained at St Pancras Church in Tacket Street in 1980, was asked to take "administrative leave" by Bishop Peter Smith, Bishop of East Anglia, while the police inquiry was conducted.

Police revealed in mid-July that no further action would be taken over the claims relating to an alleged incident in Peterborough between 1979 and 1989, and Father Finbow was released without charge.

A spokesman for the Roman Catholic Church Diocese of East Anglia confirmed today that the priest – a former Rushmere and Copleston School pupil – remained on "administrative leave" while a church inquiry is completed.

The spokesman said the Church was "in the process of taking part in a risk assessment" required by guidelines introduced in 1994 and by the "Nolan Report" on child protection in the church published earlier this year.

There was no date for the expected completion of the "risk assessment" which started in July he said.

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