Dean was still preying on choirboys when Church ruled him too ill to be a risk

The Times, London

Sean O’Neill Crime Editor

A senior Church of England cleric suspected of being a serial child abuser was a governor of the scandal-hit Chetham’s School of Music for nine years and preyed on its pupils.

New evidence from abuse victims suggests that the Very Rev Robert Waddington, a former Dean of Manchester Cathedral, was still pursuing young boys at the time the Church decided that he was too ill and frail to pose a threat to children.

One of Waddington’s victims said that the priest was “as fit as a fiddle” in 1999 — the year that the then Archbishop of York, Lord Hope of Thornes, declared in a letter to an Australian bishop that the former dean was “severely debilitated”.

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