Seven more claim abuse by Sussex bishop

11:40am Friday 16th November 2012

Seven more men have told police they were sexually abused by former Bishop of Lewes Peter Ball.

Police arrested the Rt Rev Peter Ball at his home in Langport, Somerset, on Tuesday over alleged offences against eight boys who were between 12 and their early 20s, in the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s.

He has since been released on medical advice.

Three more men have made allegations against a 67-year-old former priest arrested the same day in Haywards Heath on suspicion of two separate assaults.

The other suspect, who has not been named, was arrested on suspicion of offences against two boys aged 17 and 18 in East Sussex between 1981 and 1983.

He was questioned and released on police bail until Thursday, November 29.

Detective Chief Inspector Carwyn Hughes, who is leading the Sussex Police investigation, said: “We are very interested to see that so many people have contacted us since Tuesday, and every report is being followed up.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Sussex Police on 101, quoting Operation Dunhill, or a special NSPCC helpline on 0800 3895344.

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