Paul Flowers At Police Station To Answer Bail
Former Co-op Bank boss the Reverend Paul Flowers has appeared at a police station in Leeds to answer bail.
The Methodist minister's appearance comes after he was arrested in November in connection with allegations that he bought and used Class-A drugs.
He was filmed handing over £300, apparently for crystal meth and cocaine, and is said to have boasted about taking ketamine.
He was suspended by the church for three weeks with a spokesman saying: "We expect high standards of our ministers and we have procedures in place for when ministers fail to meet those standards."
The former Co-op chairman said in a statement after the film was revealed in The Mail On Sunday that he had done things that were "stupid and wrong".
In a statement, he said: "This year (2013) has been incredibly difficult, with a death in the family and the pressures of my role with the Co-operative 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."
Last week, senior City regulator Clive Adamson - director of supervision at the Financial Conduct Authority - defended his decision to back the appointment of Rev Flowers to control the board of the Co-Op Bank, arguing it was "correct at the time".
Mr Adamson told MPs Mr Flowers was "not the same individual" as he seemed at a later meeting before the Treasury Select Committee, when he appeared unable to give basic facts and figures relating to the bank.
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