Suffolk

Haverhill vicar Ian Finn cleared of £12,000 church fraud

St Mary the Virgin Church in Haverhill Image copyright Rodney Burton/Geograph
Image caption The Reverend Canon Ian Finn was accused of collecting church fees over seven years

A vicar has been cleared of claims he fraudulently took £12,000 from his parish church.

The Reverend Canon Ian Finn, 58, was accused of not handing over funeral and wedding fees to the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich.

The accusations related to a seven-year period up to March 2014 while Mr Finn was the vicar at St Mary the Virgin Church in Haverhill, Suffolk.

A jury at Ipswich Crown Court unanimously found him not guilty.

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The Right Reverend Dr Mike Harrison, Bishop of Dunwich, said: "Many people in the Reverend Canon Ian Finn's parishes, as well as his colleagues and elsewhere, will be left deeply saddened by all that has happened.

"He has achieved a lot of good during his years of ministry, and is well thought of by many.

"Now the trial has concluded, the diocese will inevitably need to review the matter internally and decide what further action, if any, is required."

Mr Finn is from Hopton Rise in Haverhill, Suffolk.

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