St Bartholomew's, Brighton, where retired Church of England priest Vickery House worked as a vicar
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Sussex churchmen arrested over 'abuse'

A former Church of England bishop and a retired priest have been arrested on suspicion of sex abuse.

The Right Reverend Peter Ball, a former bishop of Lewes and Gloucester, is being held on suspicion of abusing eight boys and men in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

He was arrested at his home near Langport, Somerset.

Retired Church of England priest Vickery House, 67, was arrested at his home near Haywards Heath, West Sussex.

The Diocese of Chichester confirmed Sussex detectives had made the two arrests on Tuesday.

Sussex Police said Mr Ball was later released on medical advice and officers intended to interview him at a later late. Mr House was bailed pending further inquiries.

  • 13 Nov 2012