Tory MP arrested over 'assaults'

The House of Commons deputy speaker Nigel Evans has been arrested on suspicion of three further indecent assaults.

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MP Evans bailed until September 10th

Speaking outside Preston police station this afternoon, Nigel Evans MP said:

Clearly we want closure of this as soon as possible and I carry on assisting this inquiry fully and openly.

I continue to refute all allegations, and in the meantime can I say that I'm extremely grateful for the huge amount of support and love that I have received from my family, my friends and my constituents, and indeed people throughout the country who have contacted me.

He was released on bail until September 10th pending further inquiries.

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Nigel Evans' 'incredulity' at previous rape allegations

Deputy House speaker Nigel Evans speaking in May after the first allegations were made. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

In May, the Deputy Commons Speaker Nigel Evans spoke of his "sense of incredulity" after he was arrested over two allegations, that he raped one man and sexually assaulted another.

He said: "The complaints are completely false and I cannot understand why they have been made."

Today he has been arrested on suspicion of three further indecent assaults.

Nigel Evans re-arrested as he answered bail

Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans was arrested for three alleged indecent assaults when he answered bail today after his May arrest on suspicion of rape and sexual assault.

A 55 year old man from Pendleton in Lancashire has today answered his bail following his arrest in May on suspicion of rape and sexual assault.

He has subsequently been further arrested on suspicion of three further offences of indecent assault.

He will be interviewed about these allegations at a police station in Lancashire during the course of the day.

These offences are alleged to have been committed in Blackpool in Lancashire and London between 2003 and 2011.

The rape and indecent assault offences are alleged to have been committed in Pendleton between July 2009 and March 2013.

– Lancashire Constabulary spokesperson
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