DURHAM Cathedral is in liaison with the police about allegations
of sexual abuse by a former headmaster of the Chorister School.
A former pupil, now in his 60s, has said that Canon John Grove,
who was headmaster of the school from 1957 to 1978, abused him
during the late 1950s. He has taken the allegations to both Durham
Police and the current headmistress of the school. Canon Grove
retired in 1978 and died in 2001.
The alleged victim told The Daily Star that the abuse
had left him "emotionally scarred". The recent child-abuse scandals
in the press had caused the "terrible memories" to come "flooding
A spokeswoman for Durham Police said that an allegation was
first received in November, and a statement taken, but it was "not
possible to prosecute someone who has died". Two more alleged
victims had come forward, both men of a similar age to the first,
alleging abuse in the early- to mid-1960s against Canon Grove.
Detective Sergeant Dave Walton said: "We are carrying out an
active investigation into these allegations and are following a
number of lines of enquiry. We would encourage anyone who suffered
abuse at the school, or has any information that would help with
our inquiry, to come forward. Historic-sexual-abuse victims can be
confident they will be offered the same level of support they would
receive if the crime committed against them had occurred more
Liz Dux, a solicitor, said that she was drafting a Letter of
On Sunday, The Northern Echo reported that two more
alleged victims of Canon Grove had come forward.
On Tuesday, the Dean of Durham, the Very Revd Michael Sadgrove,
said: "When any church-related abuse, or allegation of abuse, comes
to light, our first concern is always for the victims: both that
they are being supported, and with an acknowledgement that the
effects of abuse can be lifelong.
"As a Church, we will always apologise for past systems that let
down the vulnerable, and offer support to anyone whose life has
"Durham Cathedral has been made aware of allegations relating to
historic abuse over 50 years ago at the Chorister School, and is
liaising with the police. As there are ongoing civil proceedings,
we are unable to provide any further comment at this time."
Before working at the Chorister School in Durham, Canon Grove
was chaplain of two independent schools: Dover College, and Clifton
Reading priest arrested. A priest in Reading
has been arrested on suspicion of sexual offences. An assistant
curate in the benefice of Loddon Reach, the Revd Peter Jarvis, was
arrested on suspicion of grooming and inciting sexual activity with
children, Newbury Today reported. Mr Jarvis was Chaplain
of John Madejski Academy, a secondary school in Reading, from 2011
until this year. From 2006 to 2011 he was Team Vicar at St Mary's,
A police statement said that a complaint was received in April,
and that allegations involved several children, aged between 12 and
16, between 2009 and 2011. The alleged offences are "connected with
a school in the West Berkshire area". Mr Jarvis has been released
on police bail until 15 June.
On Tuesday, the Bishop of Reading, the Rt Revd Andrew Proud,
said: "We can confirm that the Revd Peter Jarvis has been arrested
on suspicion of sexual offences. The Church of England expects the
highest standards of personal conduct in its clergy, and the
diocese of Oxford takes allegations such as this extremely
"Mr Jarvis will not be undertaking any duties in relation to the
Church's ministry while the police investigation continues."
Bishop Proud was "holding in his prayers all those affected by