Vicar on trial for adultery

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A vicar is to appear before an ecclesiastical court later this month accused of adultery, it emerged yesterday.

The hearing follows claims by Margaret Orpen, a mother of three, that the Rev Edward Glover made her pregnant six months ago while he was serving in the Trimdon area of Co Durham.Mrs Orpen said she had a miscarriage.

Mr Glover, married with two daughters, denies the allegation. He has resigned on the grounds of stress.

The hearing will take place at Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland, on 23 January.