Vicar bailed after arrest over rape allegation

Rev Jim Percival

Rev Jim Percival

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A Lancashire vicar arrested on suspicion of rape has been released on bail.

The Rev Jim Percival, vicar at Holy Trinity in Freckleton, was arrested on Tuesday morning in connection with an historic allegation. He has since been bailed until January 20, pending further enquiries.

The Rev Percival had previously been arrested earlier this month on suspicion of murder and conspiracy to conceal the birth of a child. He was bailed in connection with those allegations until March 5.