Rector loses employment tribunal case

A former Church of England Rector has today lost his employment tribunal claim against the bishop and diocese of Worcester.

The Revd Mark Sharpe, former Rector of the Teme Valley South benefice near Tenbury Wells, alleged that the bishop and diocese had failed to protect him from parishioners in his “toxic parish”. He claimed a catalogue of abuse and bullying, saying his dog had been poisoned, excrement had been smeared on his car, and his tyres had been slashed.

  • The Times
    (‘Toxic parish’ rector loses at tribunal –┬ánot available online)
  • The Daily Telegraph
    (Parish priests cannot sue the Church, rules judge –┬ánot available online)