No charge for Sizer
A CHURCH of England vicar will not face criminal charges for linking to a website which supports Holocaust denial, police and crown prosecutors have ruled.
Reverend Stephen Sizer was investigated on suspicion of inciting racial hatred, following a complaint from the Council of Christians and Jews.
The senior pastor of the Anglican Christ Church in Virginia Water, Surrey, had used his Facebook profile to highlight a piece on US website The Ugly Truth, which claims to highlight “Zionism, Jewish extremism and a few other nasty items making our world uninhabitable today”. He removed the link after JC inquiries in January.
Surrey Police confirmed that the matter had been closed and that no further action would be taken. A police spokesman said: “Detectives carried out a thorough and extensive review of the material in question and following liaison with the Crown Prosecution Service it has been determined that no criminal offences have been committed.”
Following the decision, the CCJ said it believed Rev Sizer’s actions had been “potentially prejudicial to harmonious interfaith relationships” and it had acted after receiving “strong objections both to [the] link… and to his delay in removing that link”.
The Bishop of Guildford, the Right Reverend Christopher Hill, had stood by Rev Sizer following calls for him to be suspended for posting the link.