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Former Bishop due to be sentenced today for assaulting young men

Former Bishop of Lewes, Peter Ball, admitted two counts of indecent assault Credit: PA

The former Bishop of Lewes is due to be sentenced today for a string of sexual offences against young men.

Peter Ball, 83, has pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting 18 young men in the 1970s, 80s and 90s. He's the most senior figure in the Church of England to be convicted of such attacks.

Basingstoke Bishop to become new Bath Bishop

The Bishop of Basingstoke will leave the Diocese of Winchester to become the new Bishop of Bath and Wells.

Peter Hancock will take up his new position in Bath in the New Year.

Peter Hancock has been announced as the new Bishop of Bath and Wells Credit: Winchester Cathedral

The Bishop of Winchester said: "It is with great pleasure, albeit tinged with personal sadness, that I can confirm that Peter Hancock will be leaving the Diocese of Winchester."

Peter said: "I'm grateful to all the priests and parishes in Winchester Diocese for all the lvoe and support for me and Jane in all the years in which I have served as Bishop of Basingstoke."


Bishops' fast to save lives

Bishops from across our region will join thousands of people giving up food today to raise awareness of world hunger.

The Bishops of Oxford, Salisbury and Sherborne are taking part in the Big IF Fast to draw attention to the fact that one in eight people go hungry every day.

Rt Revd John Pritchard, Bishop of Oxford, said: "I hope that my small act of going hungry for a single day will help bring the plight of the starving to the attention of our world's leaders."

The fast is being organised by the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign and is made up of more than 200 charities and organisations.