Sussex Police have revealed that they have received a “substantial” amount of new information over historic allegations of sex offences against children and young men in East Sussex following the arrests this week of two members of the clergy.
The former Bishop of Lewes, the Right Reverend Peter Ball, and retired church of England priest, Vickery House, were both arrested this week by police. Both have been released but are expected to be questioned again by police shortly.
Eighty-year-old Peter Ball was arrested on Tuesday at his home near Langport in Somerset, on suspicion of eight sexual offences in East Sussex and in one case elsewhere, almost all during the late 1980s and early 1990s. He was released at his home that afternoon on medical advice and police intend to interview him at a later date. The offences were allegedly committed against eight boys and young men, all of whom were at time in their late teens or early twenties, except one who was 12 when the alleged offending occurred in the late 1970s.