Canon Gordon Rideout is escorted to a car by police
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Priests held in Eastbourne over child abuse inquiry

Two retired Church of England priests have been arrested in the Eastbourne area on suspicion of sexually abusing children and young men.

Canon Gordon Rideout, 73, is suspected of sexually assaulting nine young people between 1965 and 1972.

Former parish priest Robert Coles, 70, is suspected of sexually assaulting three young men in West Sussex in the late 1970s and mid-1980s.

Colin Campbell reports.

  • 06 Mar 2012