Somerset

Roy Catchpole sex allegations dropped by CPS

A Somerset vicar, who was tried twice over sex allegations, will face no further legal action, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has said.

Reverend Roy Catchpole, of Milborne Port, Somerset, denied three counts of sexual assault and one of indecent exposure involving one woman.

In October a jury failed to reach a verdict and another was discharged during a second trial in November.

The CPS has said Mr Catchpole had been informed of the decision.

The second trial took place on 16 November, but collapsed after four days.

A CPS spokesman said: "On this further occasion the jury was discharged due to further evidence that came to light during the trial.

"The CPS keeps cases under continuous review and following the November trial, we have decided that we will not proceed to a second retrial and we will be offering no evidence against Mr Catchpole.

"All parties have now been informed."

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