The following is a letter from the Bishop of Tewkesbury, the Rt Revd Martyn Snow, to members of the Diocese:
I am very pleased to be able to write with the news that we were notified yesterday by Church House, Westminster that the Metropolitan Police, following their enquiries, are to take no further action against Bishop Michael. He has himself issued a statement saying: ‘It was right that the allegations should be fully investigated and I am gratified that the police have completed the investigation and concluded that there are no grounds for further action to be taken. My family and I are profoundly grateful for all the support and affirmation we have received through this very difficult time.’
As in any case of this nature, national church safeguarding processes must continue to be followed. We do not know yet how long this will take and we await the outcome of that process and continue to pray for Bishop Michael, his family and all those affected by these events.
Thank you for your ongoing support and prayers.
Yours in the service of Christ,