Northern Ireland

Stephen Crossan: No prosecution for 'white powder' priest

Stephen Crossan Image copyright Sun on Sunday
Image caption Stephen Crossan pictured in the video clip taken in his parish home last July

A County Down priest who was caught on video snorting a white powder will not face prosecution.

Stephen Crossan was reported by the Sun on Sunday to have snorted the powder through a £10 note in July 2015 in Banbridge, County Down.

Police said they had conducted an investigation and submitted a file to the Public Prosecution Service "who directed no prosecution".

A Dromore diocese spokesperson said Mr Crossan had now resigned as a priest.

However, he is still receiving support from the diocese.

In March of this year, when the story was reported, Mr Crossan said he had been on sick leave with depression at the time of the video and that he had since left the church but was being backed by the parish.

In his statement, Bishop of Dromore John McAreavey said that Mr Crossan had asked for and been granted leave from his pastoral duties at Seapatrick parish in May 2015. He said he had been receiving counselling and was considering his future.

He said at the start of February 2016, the priest had asked for an extended leave of absence from the priesthood.