Shamed priest probe

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THE DIOCESE of Chichester has launched an investigation into acts of worship led by shamed former priest Robert Coles without permission.

Coles, imprisoned last month after pleading guilty to 11 child sex offences, failed to acknowledge his suspension.

A spokeswoman said: ‘The diocese confirms we are continuing to conduct an exhaustive investigation into the extent to which Coles functioned illegally as a priest at St Luke’s, Stone Cross, after his retirement in December, 1997.’