Police in West Sussex, investigating allegations of non-recent sexual offences at a local church, are seeking further information from the public.
The investigation centres on St Margarets Church, Warnham, West Sussex.
Officers are investigating a report that a boy then aged between nine and 11, who was a member of the choir, was sexually assaulted by an adult in the church and elsewhere on several occasions between 1981 and 1983.
As a result of enquiries to date, officers believe that further offences may have been committed against other boys during the same period.
On Tuesday (27 September) Sussex detectives arrested a 55-year old man now living in Walton-on-the Naze 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call Sussex 101, quoting Operation Barnwood, and arrange to talk in confidence to experienced detectives”