'Retired bishop' held in child abuse investigation

A retired Church of England bishop was among two clergymen arrested by Sussex Police investigating historic allegations of child sex abuse within the scandal-hit Diocese of Chichester, according to sources.

Peter Ball, 80, was arrested at his home near Landport, Somerset, on suspicion of eight sexual offences committed against boys and young men during the late 1980s and late 1990s, sources said.

A second man, aged 67, was also arrested this morning at his home near Haywards Heath, West Sussex, on suspicion of separate sexual offences against two teenage boys in East Sussex between 1981 and 1983.

Sussex Police confirmed arrests have been made but did not reveal the identity of the suspects.

They are currently detained - in Somerset and Sussex respectively - for interviews by Sussex Police officers, the force said.

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Abuse claims: Ex-Bishop bailed

A retired Church of England bishop, arrested by Sussex Police over historic child sex abuse allegations, has been released on bail "on medical advice." A 67-year-old man, believed to be retired Reverend Vickery House, was also released.