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Sex offender bishop died after ribs broken in falls

A FORMER bishop who carried out sex attacks on 18 teenagers and young men died after two separate falls at his home, an inquest heard.

Peter Ball (pictured), a former Bishop of Gloucester, suffered fractured ribs in a fall at his home in Langport, Somerset, on June 13. A week later he suffered more fractures when he fell while climbing stairs to his bedroom.

The 87-year-old, who was a friend of Prince Charles, died at Musgrove Park Hospital, in Taunton, on June 21.

Somerset coroner Tony Williams yesterday recorded a verdict of accidental death, concluding that the clergyman had died from respiratory failures and multiple rib fractures following a fall.

Ball was jailed for 32 months in 2015, after admitting he had abused victims from 1977 to 1992. Further charges of indecent assault were allowed to lie on file. He was released on licence from jail in February 2017.