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British deputy speaker re-arrested over sex claims

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 21:47

London: A deputy speaker in Britain`s lower house of parliament was re-arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of indecent assault and sexually touching two further alleged victims, police said.

Nigel Evans, 55, was previously arrested in May on suspicion of rape and sexual assault said to have happened between 2009 and March this year.

Evans, a lawmaker in Prime Minister David Cameron`s Conservative Party, was re-arrested in June over a further three counts of indecent assault, some dating back to 2002.

The allegations involve men in their twenties.

Evans, MP from Ribble Valley in Lancashire, has denied any wrongdoing. He now faces seven sexual assault allegations but has yet to be charged.

Lancashire Police said in a statement: "A 55-year-old man from Pendleton in Lancashire has today answered his bail following his arrest in May on suspicion of rape and sexual assault and in June on suspicion of three further offences of indecent assault."

"He has subsequently today been arrested on suspicion of indecent assault and sexual touching of two further victims."

A Lancashire police spokesperson said: "We take all allegations of a sexual nature extremely seriously and understand how difficult it can be for victims to have the confidence to come forward."

"He [Mr Evans] will be interviewed about these new allegations at a police station in Lancashire during the course of the day."

The original rape and sexual assault allegations, made in May this year, are understood to relate to alleged incidents in Pendleton, Lancashire, between July 2009 and March 2013.

Three further indecent assault allegations emerged the following month and are claimed to have occurred in Blackpool and London between 2003 and 2011.

In May, Evans dismissed the original allegations against him as "completely false", and said they had been made by two people he had "regarded as friends".

Elected as one of three Commons Deputy Speakers in 2010, Evans had indicated that he will resign as deputy speaker should he be charged over the alleged sex attacks.

The Speaker`s office had previously released a statement saying he will remain deputy speaker, but will not resume chairing duties while police investigations continue.


First Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 21:47

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