The Church of England is reportedly investigating a vicar in East London after he was caught on video smoking crack, snorting cocaine and discussing prostitutes and pornography with a friend at his church-owned home.
A Church of England vicar inhales from a crack pipe and says: “I’m a very happy man.”
The Rev Stennett Kirby, 64, smoked the highly-addictive Class A drug and snorted cocaine in shocking scenes at his church-owned home.
In the footage Reverend Kirby can be seen lighting up and then inhaling a crack pipe.
The respected community figure also watched porn, and chatted about escorts and a trip to Soho to buy liquid chemical poppers, which gives users a head rush.
Footage obtained by The Sun on Sunday shows Mr Kirby spark up his crack pipe as he relaxes on a sofa with a pal.
His friend then says: “You’re happy now, innit?” The churchman replies: “I’m a very happy man. I love it.”
He is seen staring at a TV, apparently watching porn, and adds: “It f***ing turns me on when I have this and I watch that.”
Mr Kirby, vicar of West Ham Parish Church in East London since 2007, then makes a crude oral sex reference and refers to women in a lewd way.
The vicar and his pal also discuss hiring a female escort and he says: “I wish I could. If I had money, I would. I’ve only got £10 left.”
When his friend tells him he prefers prostitutes to having a relationship, unmarried Mr Kirby — on sick leave from work — agrees.
Mr Kirby, known by his middle name Roger, says: “It’s too much hassle, that’s what I told you about women.”
Later his pal asks him: “Shall I make you a cocaine spliff?” Mr Kirby replies: “If you don’t mind.”
As music plays, the vicar reveals he is planning a trip to central London the next day. He says: “I’m going to Soho with my mate for dinner. I’m going to sex shops to get some poppers.” Possession is not illegal.
In other footage Mr Kirby, whose brother is a minister, can be seen snorting coke. His pal says taking it off the back of his hand is easier. Seconds later Mr Kirby says approvingly: “That is good.”
Our revelations bear similarities to the case of “Crystal Methodist” Paul Flowers.
The shamed minister and former Co-op Bank boss was suspended from the church in 2017 after he was filmed in a car counting out £300 to buy cocaine and crystal meth in a drug deal.