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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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Man dies in house fire in Langport

The fire broke out at the house in Eastover in Langport early this morning Credit: ITV News West Country

An elderly man has died after a fire at a house in Langport in Somerset.

It started in a bedroom in the early hours of this morning. The man was taken to hospital with serious injuries but later died. A woman was also rescued and treated for breathing problems.

It is thought to have been caused accidentally.