Man arrested over allegations of non-recent sex assaults at Warnham church

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Detectives investigating allegations of non-recent sexual offences at Warnham church are seeking further information from the public, Sussex Police said in a statement.

The police statement said: ‘’The investigation centres on St Margaret’s Church.

‘’Officers are investigating a report that a boy was sexually assaulted by an adult in the church and elsewhere on several occasions..

‘’As a result of enquiries to date, officers believe that further offences may have been committed against other boys.

‘’On Tuesday (27 September) Sussex detectives arrested a 55-year old man now living in Walton-on-the Naze, Essex, on suspicion of the sexual assaults on the boy. After being interviewed at a police station in Essex he was released on police bail later the same day until 28 November while enquiries continue.

‘’Sussex Police are working closely with the Diocese of Chichester’s Safeguarding Team, who are supporting this investigation.’’

Detective Superintendent Jason Tingley said; “If you have any information that would assist our investigation, including information about any other offences, please contact us via 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call Sussex 101, quoting Operation Barnwood, and arrange to talk in confidence to experienced detectives.”

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