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Police and Cardinal to assessment final rites steerage after Catholic MP’s homicide

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Steerage for cops on when Catholic clergymen can carry out final rites at crime scenes is to be reviewed following the homicide of Conservative MP Sir David Amess.

It follows stories {that a} priest was unable to carry out the final rites for Sir David as a result of he was barred by officers from getting into the church the place the Catholic MP was fatally stabbed.

Catholic chief Cardinal Vincent Nichols has introduced that he shall be working along with Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick on tips round entry to “scenes of traumatic violence” for Catholic clergymen.

They’ve agreed to ascertain a joint group that can contemplate what entry is offered or refused to Catholic clergymen on the scene of violent assaults, and whether or not any modifications have to be made to present steerage.

Cardinal Nichols mentioned: “In current occasions questions have arisen in regards to the entry given, or refused, to Catholic clergymen to scenes of traumatic violence, such because the violent dying of Sir David Amess.

“The Metropolitan Police Commissioner and I’ve agreed to ascertain a joint group to check this difficulty and whether or not any modifications are required to the steerage issued to officers confronted with such a state of affairs.

“I’m grateful to the Commissioner for this settlement and I’m assured that it’s going to assist to ascertain a useful means ahead on this matter of appreciable sensitivity and significance to the Catholic group.”

The formation of the joint examine group was confirmed by Cardinal Nicholas shortly after he met Dame Cressida forward of the Catholic Police Guild’s annual Requiem Mass.

The Mass was held at Westminster Cathedral on Tuesday in reminiscence of officers who’ve died within the line of responsibility, and was attended by the Commissioner.

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