UPDATE: Freckleton vicar bailed in baby death probe

Rev James Perciva, below, village church Holy Trinity Church, Freckleton, where the Rev James Percival officiates
Rev James Perciva, below, village church Holy Trinity Church, Freckleton, where the Rev James Percival officiates
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A Freckleton vicar, his wife and daughter have been bailed by police investigating the death of a newborn baby.

Rev Jim Percival, 64, vicar at the Holy Trinity Church, in Freckleton, was arrested on Tuesday, along with two women named locally as his wife Susan and daughter Ruth.

The crocuses at Holy Trinity Church, Freckleton.

The crocuses at Holy Trinity Church, Freckleton.

They have now been bailed until March 5 next year.

Officers were initially called to an address in Sunnyside, Freckleton, on November 25 after a family member reported the still birth of a baby boy.

However, despite an inconclusive post mortem, police said they believe the baby boy’s death was suspicious.

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

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