Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Bishop of Gloucester steps back

Updated Friday morning

It was reported on Saturday that the Bishop of Gloucester, Michael Perham, who was due to retire later this year, was to step back ‘for personal reasons’ with immediate effect. It has now been confirmed that he has today been interviewed by Gloucestershire Police in connection with two alleged incidents of indecent assault in the early 1980s. He has not been arrested and was not charged. One incident concerns a woman aged over 18 at the time, and the other a woman under 18 at the time.

Further coverage in

The Bishop of Tewkesbury, the Rt Revd Martyn Snow, will act as bishop.

UPDATED Wednesday evening with other reports. There is little or no extra information in any of these stories.

Updated again Friday

The Bishop of Tewkesbury has published this letter on the diocesan website.

Posted by Simon Kershaw on Tuesday, 5 August 2014 at 6:32pm BST
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