Church sus­pends min­is­ter

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - FRONT PAGE - Stephen Tem­lett

An el­derly Gretna min­is­ter has been sus­pended while an in­ves­ti­ga­tion is car­ried out into fi­nances at his church.

Rev Bryan Has­ton, of Gretna Old Par­ish, was placed un­der “ad­min­is­tra­tive sus­pen­sion” when the The Church of Scot­land launched its probe this week.

A spokesper­son for the church said: “The min­is­ter has been placed un­der ad­min­is­tra­tive sus­pen­sion while an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the church’s fi­nances, which is cur­rently un­der way, runs its course.

“It would be in­ap­pro­pri­ate to make any fur­ther com­ment at this time.”

Po­lice Scot­land say they have not been con­tacted about the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

In 2015, Rev Has­ton, who is in his 70s, led a ser­vice mark­ing the 100th an­niver­sary of the Quintin­shill rail dis­as­ter at­tended by the Princess Royal and First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon.

In­ves­ti­ga­tion Rev Has­ton

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