Saturday 21 October 2017

Commons Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans arrested on suspicion of indecent assault

Majid Mohamed

THE Commons Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans has been arrested on suspicion of three counts of indecent assault as he answered bail on earlier rape and sexual assault allegations.

The 55-year-old was informed of the new claims following his arrest in May on suspicion of rape and sexual assault.

 

He already faced allegations he raped one man and sexually assaulted another between July 2009 and March 2013.

 

The MP strenuously denies the claims.

 

A Lancashire Constabulary spokesman said: "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.

 

He had subsequently been arrested again "on suspicion of three further offences of indecent assault. He will be interviewed about these allegations at a police station in Lancashire during the course of the day."

 

All of the allegations involve men in their 20s. The original rape and sexual assault charges are claimed to have happened in in Pendleton between July 2009 and March 2013.

 

The new indecent assault allegations are claimed to have occurred in Blackpool and London between 2003 and 2011.

 

Lancashire Police 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.

 

”As a constabulary, we are committed to investigating sexual offences sensitively but robustly recognising the impact that these types of crimes have on victims.

 

“We would encourage anyone who has experienced sexual abuse, or who has information about it, to have the confidence to report it to us knowing that we will take it seriously, deal with it sensitively and investigate it thoroughly.”

 

Speaking after his initial arrest on May 4, he dismissed the original allegations against him as "completely false", and said the allegations had been “made by two people who are well known to each other and until yesterday, I regarded as friends”.

 

He continued: “The complaints are completely false and I cannot understand why they have been made.

 

”I appreciate the way the police have handled this in such a sensitive manner and I would like to thank my colleagues, friends and members of the public who have expressed their support and, like me, a sense of incredulity at these events."

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