Hadleigh clergyman in court accused of filming men in public toilets

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A Hadleigh clergyman has appeared in court accused of filming men in public toilets.

The Very Reverend Martin Thrower, 55, was charged with eight voyeurism offences dating back to 2014 and including six alleged incidents this year.

No pleas were entered during the hearing at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Thrower, of Church Street, Hadleigh, Suffolk, is rector of Hadleigh, Layham and Shelley.

He was arrested in Ipswich in August 2016 and formally charged in November.

He was bailed to appear at Ipswich Crown Court on January 17 next year. As part of his bail conditions he must have no unsupervised contact with people under the age of 18.

Thrower remains suspended from all roles by the Diocese of St Edmundsbury.

John Howard, spokesman for the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, said: “Martin Thrower remains suspended from all Church roles at this time and it would be inappropriate to comment until the legal process is complete.”