Former Bridlington Methodist minister investigated over drugs claim

The Rev Paul Flowers.
The Rev Paul Flowers.

Police are investigating claims a Methodist minister who served in Bridlington and Sewerby bought and used Class A drugs.

The Reverend Paul Flowers, 63, served at Bridlington Methodist Church and Sewerby Methodist Church and is thought to have left the town around 18 years ago.

A video on the Mail on Sunday website allegedly shows the Minister and ex-Co-Op Bank chairman handing over £300, apparently to buy cocaine and crystal meth.

Mr Flowers, who has been suspended from his duties with the Methodist Church, said: “This year has been incredibly difficult, with a death in the family and the pressures of my role with the Cooperative Bank.

“At the lowest point in this terrible period, I did things that were stupid and wrong. I am sorry for this, and I am seeking professional help, and apologise to all I have hurt or failed by my actions.”

A Methodist Church spokesperson said: “We expect high standards of our ministers and we have procedures in place for when ministers fail to meet those standards.

“Paul is suspended from duties for a period of three weeks, pending investigations, and will not be available to carry out any ministerial work. We will also work with the police if they feel a crime has been committed.”

West Yorkshire Police are investigating the claims Rev Flowers bought and used the drugs following an appearance before a committee of MPs.