A leading MP has been arrested on suspicion of sexual offences which are alleged to have taken place in Blackpool.
Tory Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans, who acts as one of three deputy speakers of the House of Commons, is currently being interviewed by police after his arrest this morning.
The offences are alleged to have been committed in Blackpool and London between 2003 and 2011.
A Lancashire Constabulary spokesperson said: “A 55-year-old man from Pendleton in Lancashire has today, Wednesday, June 19th 2013, answered his bail following his arrest in May on suspicion of rape and sexual assault.
“He has subsequently been further arrested 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.
“The rape and indecent assault offences are alleged to have been committed in Pendleton between July 2009 and March 2013.
“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.”