Interpol alerted after vicar who stole thousands flees

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A vicar who went missing from court after being found guilty of stealing thousands of pounds is wanted by police.

Simon Reynolds went on-the-run during the lunch break at his trial at Sheffield Crown Court on Thursday.

He had just been found guilty of four counts of theft netting more than £24,000.

Reynolds kept the fees from weddings, funerals and graveyards memorials which should have been passed on to Wakefield Diocesan Board of Finance.

The thefts happened while he was priest-in-charge of All Saints Church in Darton, near Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

Police have alerted Interpol as it is believed the 50-year-old may have fled to mainland Europe.

Senior clergy have appealed for Reynolds, of Farnham, Surrey, to hand himself in.

South Yorkshire Police are asking anyone who may have seen Reynolds or knows where he is to contact 101 quoting incident number 864 of July 23 2015.