Barnsley vicar in court charged with theft from bereaved families

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A vicar has appeared in court in Barnsley charged with stealing £25,000 from grieving families.

Simon Reynolds, aged 50, is alleged to have taken money set aside by hundreds of families to pay for funerals for their loved ones.

He has been charged with two counts of theft while working as a vicar at All Saints’ Church in Darton.

The cash was allegedly stolen over a six-year period between March 2007 and March 2013. 
Reynolds, now of Upper Church Lane, Surrey, appeared at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court yesterday and the case was adjourned and sent to Sheffield Crown Court.

The next hearing is due to take place later this month.

Reynolds was granted unconditional bail.