Vicar arrested on suspicion of raping teenage girl in Manchester

Rev Simon Marsh has been bailed while police investigate allegations

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The Independent Online

A vicar in Greater Manchester has been arrested on suspicion of raping a teenage girl.

Rev Simon Marsh, the vicar of Bramhall in Stockport, has been bailed while the investigation into allegations continues.

According to his website, the 52-year-old has been a vicar for 32 years and has served in five parishes.

He is based at St Michael and All Angels Church, where a senior priest is expected to take over his duties while he is suspended from the post.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: “Police are investigating a report of historic sexual abuse in Bramhall.

“The offences occurred between 2011 and 2013 when the woman was aged between 16 and 19-years-old.”

Inquiries continue.