Hadleigh rector Martin Thrower appears in court over alleged voyeurism at the Buttermarket Centre, Ipswich

By Colin Adwent
East Anglian Daily Times
December 19, 2016

The Very Rev Martin Thrower

Rev Martin Thrower at Hadleighs St Marys Church

The Very Revd Martin Thrower, of St Mary's Church in Hadleigh

A crown court date has been set for a senior Suffolk clergyman accused of filming males in public toilets.

The Very Rev Martin Thrower, 55, of Church Street, Hadleigh, appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court today accused of eight voyeurism offences.

He did not enter a plea and the case was sent up to crown court.

Thrower was arrested at the Buttermarket shopping centre in Ipswich on August 4 on suspicion of voyeurism. He was interviewed and bailed to return to police while officers continued their investigation.

All charges relate to the alleged filming of males in public toilets in Suffolk. It is understood all males involved in the alleged incidents were over the age of 16.

Six of the alleged incidents took place this year, on March 20, April 20, May 26, June 29, July 20 and August 4.

The other two alleged offences took place on or before December 31, 2014, and on or before October 21, 2015, Suffolk Constabulary confirmed.

The Very Rev Thrower is rector of Hadleigh with Layham and Shelley, a position he has held since 2009. He is also Dean of Bocking and Rural Dean of Hadleigh. He was suspended from all roles by the Diocese of St Edmundsbury following his arrest in August.
He is due to appear at Ipswich Crown Court on January 17.


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