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Vicar arrest over indecent images
The Reverend Richard Hart
The Reverend Richard Hart was released on police bail
A Church in Wales vicar and his wife have been questioned by Dyfed-Powys Police over alleged offences relating to indecent images of children.

The Reverend Richard Hart, 58, and Julie, 40, a primary school assistant, were arrested at the vicarage in Beguildy in Powys on Friday.

A computer and paperwork were removed from the house and the pair were bailed until February after questioning.

The vicar has been suspended indefinitely from his pastoral duties.

The Church in Wales confirmed the suspension after the vicar's arrest on Friday for alleged internet offences.

Dyfed-Powys Police said a man, 58, and a woman, 40, were arrested and later released on police bail after questioning at Brecon police station.

'Thoughts and prayers'

A force spokesman said the arrests were "in connection with offences relating to indecent images of children".

He added: "They have been released on police bail pending further enquiries. Dyfed-Powys Police are working closely with Church in Wales authorities and other individuals in the area to support local communities."

It is understood Mr Hart has been a vicar in the area for more than 20 years. He is responsible for five parishes - Beguildy, Llangunllo, Heyope, Bleddfa and Llanbister - in the position which he took up in 2001.

Mr Hart has also been suspended from his position as chairman of governors at Beguildy voluntary controlled Church in Wales school, where his wife works as a part-time assistant.

The Bishop of Swansea and Brecon, the Rt Rev Anthony Pierce, said: "We are deeply saddened as a diocese to learn of the recent allegations concerning the Rev Richard Hart."

He said they would be seeking to offer pastoral care to the whole community as the investigation continued.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with all who live in these communities at this time."

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