Roman Catholic priest charged with two counts of fraud

St Cuthbert's Church at Chester-le-Street. Pic: Google Maps.
St Cuthbert's Church at Chester-le-Street. Pic: Google Maps.
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A Roman Catholic priest from County Durham has been charged with two counts of fraud.

Father John Reid, 69, who was parish priest at St Cuthbert's Church in Chester-le-Street, will appear before magistrates next month.

Durham Police said the charges relate to allegations of an abuse of a position of trust.

Reid was first arrested more than two years ago amid allegations that money had gone missing. He withdrew from public ministry while investigations were carried out.

Reid will appear at Peterlee Magistrates' Court on August 30.