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Warrant issued for arrest of vicar guilty of stealing £24,000 of church funds

A vicar who worked at a church in South Yorkshire has been found guilty of stealing £24,000 of church funds meant for weddings and funerals.

Simon Reynolds now lives in Farnham, Surrey, but did not appear before Sheffield Crown Court today for the verdict. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

The money had been paid to him by families preparing for funerals and weddings at All Saints Church in Darton, near Barnsley.

Reynolds had denied four counts of theft between 2007 and 2013.

He was in court earlier but did not return for the verdict.

Eid celebrated at morning prayers in Bradford

Hundreds of Muslims have come together in Bradford to celebrate Eid and the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Muhammad Ishtiaq, an Imam at the Islamic Cultural and Educational Association, said the message in the prayers was for worshipers to carry on the spirit of Ramadan.

He explained that as well as charity work and food drives, the month was a time of fasting and reflection:

Weather shines on end of Ramadan celebrations

Eid celebrations in Sheffield today benefitted from some glorious weather as hundreds gathered in Darnall park to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Weather shines on end of Ramadan celebrations

The Eid prayers were carried out in the open park where anyone could join in and has been organised for the last three years by the nearby Elahi mosque.

Prayers are read in Darnall Park

Ramadan is marked in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar because it is believed that God revealed the Koran to the Prophet Muhammad in the ninth month of 610CE.

Eid celebrations in Darnall Park

During Ramadan, Muslims focus on prayer and reflection, concentrating on charity and fasting from dawn to sunset.

The end of the month, Eid, is celebrated with food and prayers and often the exchange of presents.

The end of the month, Eid, is celebrated with food and prayers and often the exchange of presents.


Delight for new Bishop of Hull

The Church of England's second female Bishop - the Bishop of Hull - was consecrated this morning, at a service at York Minster.

A lone protestor disrupted the service for the Right Reverend Alison White - shouting that women Bishops went against the teachings of the bible.

He was quickly dismissed by Archbishop John Sentamu and removed from the Minster.

Michael Billington reports:

New female Bishop of Hull is welcomed into fold

Archbishop conducts ceremony

The new Bishop of Hull has been consecrated in a ceremony at York Minster led by Archbishop John Sentamu.

Reverend Alison White has become only the second female bishop in the Church of England. She will have responsibility for Hull plus the coastline and the countryside of the East Riding. She and her husband - Bishop Frank White - become the first husband and wife pair of bishops.

Rev Alison White
A packed York Minster

Second female bishop to be consecrated

The consecration of Reverend Canon Alison White as the Bishop of Hull will take place next Friday at York Minster, the diocese has announced.

Second ever woman bishop to be consecrated

Revd White and her husband, the acting Bishop of Newcastle, will become the UK's first husband and wife bishop partnership.

I’m delighted to be consecrating and welcoming Alison as the new Bishop of Hull. Alison is a person of real godliness and wisdom.

– The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu

I am really excited about coming to this part of the world with all its stories and people. It is such a good time to be part of what is happening in Hull and the East Riding and across the Diocese of York.

– Revd Canon Alison White

Young people support charities with Mercy4Mankind event

Young people from across the region have taken part in the "Mercy4Mankind" walk and run at London's Hyde Park. The event was kicked off by England cricketer Matthew Hoggard.

Organised by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA), the event aimed to add an extra £400,000 to the £1.5 million already raised for several UK charities, including Clic Sargent, Humanity First, Macmillan Cancer Support, NSPCC and Barnardos.

We believe that raising money for charity and helping others is the very best way for us to symbolically state that groups like ISIS do not act in Islam’s name and to also help those harmed by these acts of cruelty.

– Nadeem Ahmad, AMYA Regional Vice Chair for Yorkshire
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