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Jail for former bishop who exploited young men for 'selfish sexual motive'

A retired bishop has been jailed at the Old Bailey for 32 months for abusing his power to exploit young aspiring priests for his own "selfish sexual motive" over a 15 year period.

Peter Ball, who lives in Langport in Somerset, is a former bishop of Lewes and of Gloucester.


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Bishop says he's "very sorry" for years of sexual abuse

An 83 year-old former Bishop of Lewes has said he's "very, very sorry" ahead of his sentencing for sexual offences against 18 young men.

Peter Ball committed the assaults over the course of 15 years stretching from the 1970s to 1990s.

There have been allegations that senior bishops within the Church of England helped cover up abuse allegations.

Ex-bishop who admitted sexual assaults to be sentenced

Peter Ball admitted sexually assaulting young men. Credit: PA

A retired Church of England Bishop is due to be sentenced today after admitting sexually assaulting two young men during the 1980s and 1990s.

Peter Ball, who lives in Langport in Somerset, is a former bishop of Lewes and of Gloucester. The 83-year-old pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent assault at the Old Bailey via video link from Taunton. He also admitted misconduct in a public office between 1977 and 1992.

The Church of England has launched a review into how it handled complaints against him.


Friends remember Dolton as his funeral takes place

Dolton's funeral is carried into Gloucester Cathedral for a service celebrating his life Credit: ITV News

The funeral has taken place at Gloucester Cathedral of a man who was stabbed to death in the city in August..

Family and friends of 21-year-old Dolton Powell wore his favourite colour purple for the service.

His best friend Jahmel Westcarr told ITV News how Dolton had the most contagious smile, while his other friends spoke of his love for his family.

Dolton Powell Credit: Family

Funeral of Dolton Powell to take place in Gloucester

People are being asked to wear a touch of purple in Dolton's memory Credit: Family

The funeral of Dolton Powell is being held at Gloucester Cathedral at 11am this morning.

The 21-year-old shop worker was stabbed to death near the All Nations Club in Chase Lane early on Sunday 23 August. Seven people have been charged with his murder.

Hundreds of people are expected for the service, including friends and family who have flown in from America and Jamaica. Those who come are being asked to wear some purple, which was Dolton's favourite colour.

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