A statement regarding Bishop Peter Ball

Last night, BBC2 broadcast the first part of Exposed: The Church’s Darkest Secret, which looked at the sexual abuse carried out by the former Bishop of Gloucester, Bishop Peter Ball, and the attempts to bring him to justice. The second part will be broadcast tonight at 9pm.

If anybody was affected by this programme, please contact our Diocesan Safeguarding Team on 01733 887040 or 01733 887041. They can also be emailed via bev.huff@peterborough-diocese.org.uk or samantha.jackson@peterborough-diocese.org.uk.

We recognise that this option may not feel safe for those with a lived experience of abuse from within the Church. A dedicated telephone helpline, operating independently from the Church, has therefore been set up. The number is 0800 80 20 20 and is being run by the NSPCC Helpline for Children and Adults.

A more detailed message on the Peter Ball case will be sent out tomorrow.

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