Vicar claims he suffered campaign of intimidation in 'idyllic' rural parish
Published 23/11/2011 | 05:00
A VICAR who moved to an "idyllic" rural parish has claimed that his parishioners subjected him and his family to four years of intimidation.
Reverend Mark Sharpe (44) alleged that locals slashed his tyres, smeared excrement over the family car, tossed broken glass over his drive and even poisoned his pet dog.
The abuse was so bad that he was forced to move away. He has now begun a claim for constructive dismissal against the Church of England.
Rev Sharpe moved to the rural Teme Valley South ministry in Worcestershire, England in 2005, after resigning his previous job as a Navy chaplain.
He had left that post after claiming he was "continually'' exposed to violent hardcore pornography and won an employment tribunal against the Ministry of Defence for sexual harassment.
He claimed that he uncovered mismanagement and financial problems in the parish and that he and his wife Sara had to install CCTV to protect themselves and their children.
Rev Sharpe is asking employment judges whether he is entitled to bring a claim against the diocese.
The case continues. (© Daily Telegraph, London)