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Recent News and Developments

In 2013 the Jesus Army appealed for victims of abuse to come forward. It is believed that around 150 cases have since been reported to them, including allegations relating to the late founder of the group, Noel Stanton

In 2015, Northamptonshire Police began "Operation Lifeboat", a JA led investigation into historic abuse within the Jesus Fellowship/ Jesus Army. Operation Lifeboat was created to invetigate cases of abuse which have been referred to the police by the Fellowship. There have been 2 prosecutions of ex-members to date.

In 2017, Mick Haines, the leader of the Fellowship admitted that the late Noel Stanton was in an “unaccountable position”, and "Noel had a flawed character", it is not yet known if there will be a full investigation into the allegations against the late Mr Stanton

In July 2017, five ‘apostolic’ leaders of the Fellowship stepped back from pastoral duties pending an investigation of their handling of the abuse allegations. Mick Haines (the senior pastor), Mike Farrant, John Campbell, Ian Callard and Huw Lewis.

Operation Lifeboat : Historic Abuse Investigation

Anyone wishing to contact the Northamptonshire Police investigation into historic physical and sexual abuse within the JA, can call 101 (full number 03000 111 222) and ask for the "Operation Lifeboat" team. Or call the 24-hour helpline run by the sexual assault referral centre, Serenity, on 01604 601713.

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Recent Archive Additions

06/07/2017 : Jesus Army leaders in Northamptonshire step down after complaints over handling over abuse claims

11/05/2017 : Sexual and financial abuse claims made against founder of the Jesus Army in Northampton

11/05/2017 : JESUS ARMY INQUIRY: Northamptonshire review board is not ruling out probe at a later date

28/03/2017 : Jesus Army sex offender sentenced for string of indecent acts directed at children in Northamptonshire

08/06/2016 : OAP jailed for abusing young boys at Jesus Army homes

27/08/2015 : Appeal for Jesus Army sexual assault victims

20/08/2015 : Police investigating sexual and physical abuse arrest Jesus Army members