Mid Wales

Llanarth vicar Christopher Bolton cleared by tribunal

A church tribunal has cleared a vicar of acting inappropriately by allegedly receiving property and possessions from "vulnerable members of his parish".

The Church in Wales said the hearing decided much of the evidence against the Reverend Canon Christopher Bolton, of Ceredigion, "involved hearsay".

It was concluded there was not enough evidence to prove the charge.

Mr Bolton is vicar at Llanarth and Capel Cynon, with Talgarreg and St Mark, in the diocese of St Davids.

In a statement, the Church in Wales said Mr Bolton was "acquitted of the charge that he had been guilty of conduct giving just cause for scandal or offence in that he acted inappropriately in relation to the alleged receipt of property and chattels from vulnerable members of his parish".

It said the tribunal considered evidence "called and agreed" as well as evidence from Mr Bolton.

Much evidence presented "inevitably related to matters which were many years old and in several instances involved consideration of hearsay evidence," it added.

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