Vicar who set fire to himself in rectory had been suspended from church after ‘ongoing police investigation’



A senior church vicar set fire to himself at his rectory after he was suspended as part of an “ongoing police investigation.”

The Rev Martyn Neale died in dramatic circumstances on Tuesday – two weeks after the Diocese of Guildford temporarily removed him from his role.

No details about the nature of the investigation have been given.

The 60-year-old had been a member of the General Synod and a Church of England vicar for Hawley for 20 years.ER

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