Don't miss a story sign up to Weston Mercury's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Vicar arrested on suspicion of voyeurism

PUBLISHED: 09:00 01 November 2012 | UPDATED: 08:34 06 November 2012

Rev Richard Lee (second from right), is pictured outside Locking's St Augustine's Church in 2008 with his wife Rev Anne Lee (left), former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey and his wife Eileen.

Rev Richard Lee (second from right), is pictured outside Locking's St Augustine's Church in 2008 with his wife Rev Anne Lee (left), former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey and his wife Eileen.

Archant

A VICAR from North Somerset has been arrested on suspicion of voyeurism.

The Reverend Richard Lee, who officiated at St Augustine’s Church in Locking and St Mary’s Church in Hutton, is currently on police bail while allegations against him are investigated.

A police spokesman said: “We arrested a 48-year-old man from Weston on suspicion of voyeurism in July of this year.

“Investigations are ongoing and the man remains on police bail.”

A spokesman for the Diocese of Bath and Wells said: “Further to our statement on October 31, the Diocese of Bath and Wells can confirm that the Revd Richard Lee was arrested in July 2012.

“In accordance with the Clergy Discipline Measure 2003, the Bishop of Bath and Wells suspended Mr Lee from active ministry as soon as he was arrested.

“The Diocese of Bath and Wells has and will continue to fully co-operate with police enquiries. There will be no further comment until the police have concluded their investigation.”

Mr Lee moved to North Somerset from Gillingham in Kent in January 2007 alongside his wife the Rev Anne Lee, who also works at the two churches.

They met and married while studying to be priests at college in Nottingham, before working at different churches in North London and taking up posts at the same church in Kent, where they stayed for nine years.

As well as his work at the churches in Locking and Hutton, he helped coordinate the Weston Worship Jam Date group based at Locking village hall, and was the diocese’s vocation chaplain.

Other News Stories

46 minutes ago

Hangings and royalty aren’t usually topics people would associate with the quiet village of Wrington – but a new photography exhibition set up by villagers is aiming to shed light on the community’s fascinating past.

Read more

‘Tougher’ penalties await people who use their phones while driving as police crack down on a ‘socially unacceptable’ act which could ‘hurt or kill’ an innocent person.

Read more
Yesterday, 20:00

Axbridge’s carnival is at risk of being cancelled after almost 50 years after the event’s organisers announced plans to step down this year.

Read more
Yesterday, 19:00

A day care centre for dogs has opened in St Georges.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:00

A Weston-super-Mare woman – who has performed at 10 Downing Street – will hold a classical concert to raise money for a close friend who is fighting for his life.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:30

People will be able to learn the art of sushi-making at a Weston restaurant next month – all while raising money for Weston Hospicecare.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:00

Show your support for worthy cause and enjoy an evening of classical music or try your luck in a round of bingo. Here are five things to do in Weston this weekend.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:00

A teenager with a condition which causes severe fatigue is raising money for a charity which researches the illness.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:25

A married police officer who sent a picture of his penis to a domestic violence victim while acting as a witness in an attempted rape trial has been dismissed.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:00

A developer’s bid to build 24 new homes in Congresbury has been turned down by North Somerset Council’s planning department.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 5°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

Somerset's trusted business finder