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Police investigate alleged footage of priest taking cocaine

Tue 01 Mar 2016
By Antony Bushfield

Police have revealed they are investigating footage which allegedly shows a priest taking cocaine.

Video obtained by The Sun on Sunday claims to show Fr Stephen Crossan sniffing the drug through a £10 note in July 2015.

The newspaper claims the incident happened in the parish house at St Patrick's Church in Banbridge, County Down.

Nazi memorabilia can be seen in the footage which also includes a man saying "I shouldn't" before snorting a line.

The Belfast Telegraph now reports police are investigating the video.

A PSNI spokesman told the paper: "Police are aware of the article in the Sunday newspaper and are making enquiries."

Fr Crossan is taking "extended leave from the priesthood," the Church said.

He told The Sun he was ill with depression at the time the footage was taken.

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