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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.

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South West religious leaders welcome women bishops

Rt Revd Peter Hancock when he was made Bishop of Bath and Wells in June Credit: ITV West Country

The Bishop of Bath & Wells, who was installed at Wells Cathedral in June, has welcomed the vote by the Church of England's governing body, the General Synod, to allow women to become bishops.

Bishops Peter Hancock and Peter Maurice, the Bishop of Taunton, say they are delighted at the news, especially as the last vote caused so much damage to what people thought of the church. The legislation will now go before Parliament and could become law in November.

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