A clergyman’s hidden drug life and love for prostitutes have been exposed. The man in the eye of the startling scandal is Rev, Stennett Kirby, the vicar of West Ham Parish Church in Stratford in East London.
According to The Sun on Sunday, the Church of England vicar was captured in a footage snorting cocaine and talking about prostitutes.
He was reportedly heard saying: ‘I’m a very happy man’ in the footage.
The 64-year-old priest was seen sitting on a sofa with a friend and apparently watching porn and talking about escorts, the British tabloid reported.
The video reportedly shows him lighting up a pipe and separately snorting powdered cocaine.
He is said to have talked about paying for a female escort, saying: ‘I wish I could. If I had money, I would. I’ve only got £10 left.’
Kirby also apparently discussed buying the legal drug poppers on a visit to Soho in central London.
At a service this morning, the Rev Stephen Chandler, an associate minister at the church, broke the news to the congregation.
He said: ‘By now many of you may have heard of an article which has appeared online today concerning your vicar, the Revd Stennett Kirby.
‘I am trying to support Stennett pastorally at this demanding time for him and he is very much in my prayers and Bishop Stephen’s [of Chelmsford], as are you all here at All Saints.
‘The article contains serious allegations with regard to drug taking and other matters of an ethical nature.
‘These allegations will now be investigated by the archdeacon.’
The Church of England said it was investigating the claims and said it was taking the matter seriously.