FATHER TRAGEDY ‘Quietly spoken’ vicar, 60, died after ‘setting himself on fire at his village rectory

The Sun

By Guy Birchall
30th July 2017

A SENIOR vicar in the Church of England who was under investigation by police has died after reportedly ‘setting fire to himself’.

The Rev Martyn Neale was found dead at his village rectory in Hawley, Hampshire on Tuesday.

Pals described the 60-year-old General Synod member as a “quietly spoken but caring” clergyman who had worked in the village for 20 years.

The Mail on Sunday reports that the Diocese of Guildford said that Rev Neale had been suspended “as a consequence of an ongoing police investigation”.

Earlier this year he became a part of the C of E’s legislative body, the General Synod, attending his first meeting in York.

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