UPDATE: Vicar no longer being questioned over sex offences but remains in custody

Holy Trinity Church graves shortage. Rev Jim Percival in front of the last plots available.

Holy Trinity Church graves shortage. Rev Jim Percival in front of the last plots available.

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A Lancashire vicar arrested on suspicion of murder following the unexplained death of a new-born baby is no longer being questioned on suspicion of sex offences, but remains in custody.

James Percival, vicar at the Holy Trinity Church, in Freckleton, is being questioned by detectives investigating the death of a baby boy.

Police say the 64-year-old was arrested on Tuesday and was on Wednesday being held by police, along with two women believed to be his wife and daughter, 28.

None of them have been charged with any offence. Officers were initially called to an address on Sunnyside, Freckleton, on November 25 after a family member reported a stillbirth.

However, despite an inconclusive post mortem, police now say they believe the death was suspicious.

Mr Percival and his daughter, 28, were both initially arrested on suspicion of murder, conspiracy to conceal the birth of a child and sexual offences.

His wife was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to conceal the birth of a child.

Today in an update on the investigation a Lancashire police spokesman said: “Police investigating the death of a baby boy at Freckleton are no longer questioning a 64 year old man and 28 year old woman on suspicion of sex offences. They remain in custody on suspicion of murder and conspiracy to conceal the birth of a child. A 65 year old woman remains in custody on suspicion of conspiracy to conceal the birth of a child.