Baldock priest admits to destroying hard drive which allegedly contained child abuse images

Hertfordshire Mercury

Baldock church computer hard drive allegedly containing indecent images of children was destroyed by the priest, a Diocese of St Albans safeguarding report has confirmed.

The report states that Reverend Andrew Holford, rector of St Mary’s Church, admitted to disposing of the computer’s hard drive at the request of the church administrator in 2010.

Mr Holford said: “I now accept that destroying the hard disk was unwise and made a difficult situation worse.

“I am sorry for that and pledge that safeguarding policies will be given proper priority in St Mary’s.”

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