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Tuesday, 10 September, 2002, 14:15 GMT 15:15 UK
Jailed vicar sacked by Church
Reverend Michael Daggett
Rev Michael Daggett admitted keeping the pistol
A vicar jailed for keeping a loaded gun at his vicarage has been sacked.

Reverend Michael Daggett has lost an appeal to the Archbishop of York to keep his post at Holy Rood in Swinton, Greater Manchester.

Rev Daggett has been told he can no longer carry out his duties, but has been given time to leave the vicarage.

He was jailed for four months in June after pleading guilty to keeping the loaded .22 calibre pistol.


This draws a line under an unfortunate episode in the life of the parish

The Venerable Alan Wolstenholme
Archdeacon of Manchester

Manchester Crown Court had heard that the Rev Daggett claimed the gun was a family heirloom and had no idea he was breaking the law by keeping it.

However, he told a probation officer it was also used for protection and he would "do what needed to be done" with it if necessary.

Rev Daggett later lost an appeal against his sentence.

The decision to dismiss Rev Daggett from his job is in line with church regulations.

A statement by the Church of England said there were "insufficient reasons" to make an exception for him.

The Archdeacon of Manchester, the Venerable Alan Wolstenholme, said: "This draws a line under an unfortunate episode in the life of the parish.

"The parisioners have been very understanding, supportive and patient throughout the long process of appeal, but can now look forward to a new start."


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