Breaking news: Missing former abbot arrested in Kosovo
The Tablet14 May 2016 | by Catherine Pepinster
Abbot Soper is wanted for questioning by the Metropolitan Police regarding offences against childrenReports are emerging from Kosovo that Laurence Soper, the former abbot of Ealing Abbey, has been arrested after being wanted in connection with historic child sex abuse cases in England.
Soper, 72, absconded six years ago after being asked by police to be interviewed. At the time he was living in Rome. A European arrest warrant was put out for him.
The Albeu news agency said that Soper, known in Kosovo as Andrew Soper, was arrested in the street in the town of Peja where he was living.
Abbot Soper was wanted for questioning by the Metropolitan Police regarding offences against children which took place when he was teaching at St Benedict’s School, attached to the Benedictine monastery of Ealing Abbey in West London. He taught there from 1972 to 1984. He was abbot from 1991 to 2000 but is no longer a member of the Ealing community.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “We are aware of an arrest and are currently in liaison with the relevant authorities.”