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Historic abuse allegations being treated 'seriously'

Detective Chief Inspector Carwyn Hughes of Sussex Police, who is in charge of the investigation into historic allegations of child abuse at the Chichester Diocese, said the allegations are being treated "just as seriously as any more recent offences".

The Church of England, including the Diocese of Chichester, are co-operating fully with police.

Although the matters referred to are still subject of police investigation, Sussex Police make it clear that the force will always take seriously any allegations of historic sexual offending, and every possible step will be taken to investigate whenever appropriate.

– Detective Chief Inspector Carwyn Hughes of Sussex Police