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Police Drop Child Sex Abuse Enquiry Of 'Pedophile' Priest - 'Lack Of Evidence'

British police confirmed they were no longer investigating

By: Daniel Newton  |@NeonNettle
 on 26th May 2018 @ 4.39pm
george bell was a widely respected priest who spoke out against nazi atrocities © press
George Bell was a widely respected priest who spoke out against Nazi atrocities

Police have dropped controversial child abuse inquiry into an alleged pedophile priest according to a spokesman.

British police confirmed they were no longer investigating the allegation of child sex abuse against the late George Bell, former bishop of Chichester, due to lack of evidence. 

George Bell, a widely respected priest who spoke out against Nazi atrocities and saving Jews from persecution, was accused of child abuse in 2012.

justin welby  pictured  was heavily criticised for trashing the reputation of dr bell  read more  http   www dailymail co uk news article 5645353 suss © press
Justin Welby (pictured) was heavily criticised for trashing the reputation of Dr Bell Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5645353/Suss

Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, was criticised for tarnishing the reputation of Dr. Bell – who died in 1958 after he accepted claims that the bishop was a prolific pedophile.

Britsh police in the county of Sussex said they had dropped the investigation into the allegations against the late George Bell.

According to a police statement: ‘The information was assessed and a proportionate investigation has been carried out to clarify the circumstances.

‘This was done thoroughly and sensitively … further police investigation or action is not possible as Bishop Bell died 60 years ago.

There are no current safeguarding issues. The matter is now closed as far as Sussex Police are concerned and the Church of England has been informed of this.’

According to the DailyMail: In January Lord Carlile accused the Church of an ‘unnecessary’ and ‘foolish’ attack on the bishop by making public a second uncorroborated abuse claim almost 70 years old.

A spokesman for the Church said: ‘Fresh information was received regarding Bishop Bell … In January the National Safeguarding Team announced it was commissioning an independent investigation into this information and we cannot make any further comment until the investigation is completed.’

A representative for Dr Welby did not respond to requests for comment.

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