Statement from Bishop Stephen Conway, Acting Bishop of Lincoln

21st July 2022

Re: Peter Burness


Peter Burness was sentenced today at Lincoln Crown Court to a custodial sentence of 6 years, and he will also be on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

The Diocese of Lincoln was shocked and saddened to hear about the heinous abuse of a former Cordeaux School pupil and chorister at St James’ Church in Louth in the 1970s perpetrated by Peter Burness.

During this time Burness was joint Head of Music at St James’ Church and King Edward VI Grammar School in Louth (from 1966 till 1996).

The safety of everyone who attends our churches is of paramount importance and the Diocese of Lincoln, along with the Diocese of York has worked closely with police and statutory authorities throughout this case.

I would like to encourage anyone to come forward who may have been affected by this, or any other case. Support is available, and the diocese is committed to listening and taking action.