A village vicar who says he was forced out of his job has been told he cannot claim unfair dismissal because he is ‘employed by God.’

Reverend Mark Sharpe claims he had no option but to resign after a campaign of abuse by parishioners he likened to characters out of the League of Gentleman.

The 44-year-old Reverend accused the church of failing to support him in the remote country parish in Teme Valley South, near Tenbury Wells.

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