VICAR'S MYSTERY DEATH - Senior vicar who was being investigated by police has been found dead in his vicarage

Rev Martyn Neale was found dead at the Rectory in Hawley, Hampshire on Tuesday afternoon.

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NEWS COPY - WITH PICTURES - by Megan White A senior vicar who was being investigated by police has been found dead in his vicarage. Reverend Martyn Neale was found dead at the Rectory in Hawley, Hampshire on Tuesday afternoon. The vicar, who had served the village's Holy Trinity Church for more than 20 years, was suspended at the time of his death whilst the investigation, details of which have not been made public, took place. It is not yet known how he died, but police say it is not being treated as suspicious. Rev Neale, who was recently appointed to the General Synod, was a prominent member of the pressure group Forward in Faith - which opposes female priests. He was made a Canon at Guildford Cathedral in October 2015. A Hampshire Police spokesman said: "We were called at 4.32pm on Tuesday 25 July to reports of a body found at an address on Fernhill Road, Blackwater. "Officers attended the scene and the body of a 60-year-old man was found. "The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file is being prepared for the coroner." A spokesman for the Diocese of Guildford said: "We were very sorry to be informed by police late on Tuesday of the death of a man at the Rectory in Hawley, believed to be Father Martyn Neale, who was Rector of Hawley and Vicar of Minley in the Diocese of Guildford. "Fr Neale had been suspended last week as a consequence of an ongoing police investigation. "The Diocese of Guildford is giving pastoral support in the parish, and representatives were in attendance at Sunday morning services to speak to parishioners. "We continue to pray for all those who are affected by these tragic events." ENDS