The Church of England wouldn't comment tonight on the news that the retiring Bishop of Gloucester has been interviewed by police over indecent assault claims.
The Bishop of Gloucester Right Rev Michael Perham has been interviewed by police today on suspicion of indecently assaulting a woman and a girl more than thirty years ago.
Bishop Michael, 66, attended a police station in Gloucestershire today to be interviewed about the allegations which date back to 1980 and 1981.
The investigation is being run by the Metropolitan Police Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command.
Today's police announcement follows a brief statement from the Gloucester Diocese last weekend saying Bishop Michael was 'stepping down' from his post for 'personal reasons.'
There has since been no further comment from the diocese except to say that steps are being taken for the Bishop of Tewkesbury, Right Rev Martyn Snow, to take over his duties.
Bishop Michael, who has served as Bishop of Gloucester for almost ten years and was due to retire on his 67th birthday on Nov 8, did not fulfil an engagement to take part in a major World War One centenary service at Gloucester Cathedral on Sunday.
A service to say farewell to Bishop Michael had been organised for his birthday at the cathedral but it now appears that will not be going ahead.
Gloucester Cathedral has been paying tribute to Gloucestershire's fallen on the National Day for Commemoration of the start of the Great War.
From 09.00am today the names of Gloucestershire’s fallen are being read out in the Cathedral’s fifteenth century Lady Chapel where a new stained glass window commemorating the life and works of WW1 poet and composer, Ivor Gurney can also be seen.
A service is being held this evening at Gloucester Cathedral to commemorate the life of Nelson Mandela. There's also a book of remembrance to sign.
Meanwhile Bristol's Big Screen in Millennium Square is to show live footage of the former South African president's funeral on Sunday.
The St George flay at Gloucester Cathedral will be flying at half mast today in commemoration of the life of Nelson Mandela.
People are also being invited to sign a book of remembrance
A special service is to take place at Gloucester Cathedral to welcome the country's youngest bishop.
The Venerable Martyn Snow was appointed Bishop of Tewkesbury in August. The 45-year-old father-of-three spent most of his working life as a priest in Sheffield but says he'll work hard to get to know Gloucestershire.
Gloucester Cathedral have had several collection boxes broken into with the donated money being taken. Two incidents have been reported in the last month, one taking place while a school service was taking part. Police believe the incidents are linked.
Six staff have been made redundant at Gloucester Cathedral after a fall in donations.
The Dean and Chapter were forced to make the redundancies to save £120,000 a year. Two were compulsory and four voluntary.
Tens of thousands of people visit the 900 year old building every year. It was described by poet John Betjeman as the sixth most beautiful building in Europe and has been used as a set for filming scenes in the Harry Potter films and Doctor Who.
The Dean said entry fees will not be introduced saying it would be a "fallacy" to think it would solve the problem.
Our Gloucestershire Correspondent Ken Goodwin reports on the visit to the county by the Earl and Countess of Wessex as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Their day included an unusual tradition, the presentation of a lamprey pie.
Crowds are lining the streets of Gloucester this lunchtime to give the Earl and Countess of Wessex a royal welcome.
The couple are visiting the Cathedral to join in with Gloucestershire's celebrations of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.