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  • 19 February 2012, 6:32

Murder Of Vicar: Suspect Sighted In Sussex

A "dangerous" man wanted in connection with the murder of a vicar has been seen in the Hastings and Rother area of East Sussex, police have said.

Sussex Police says it is carrying out high visibility patrols of the area in which Stephen Farrow has been sighted.

It comes after officers investigating the stabbing of the Reverend John Suddards made a nationwide appeal to find the 47-year-old suspect.

Detectives said Farrow travels extensively in the Midlands, East Anglian the South East and the south coast, mainly on buses but may also hitch-hike.

A force spokesman said: "He is dangerous and should not be approached under any circumstances."

He is described as white, 6ft 4ins tall and is said to use a variety of names including aliases Steven Lewis and Adrian Capel Farrow.

Meanwhile, churchgoers in Devon have been warned by the Diocese of Exeter to be on their guard.

Members of the congregation have been sent an email warning them that Farrow "grooms and ingratiates himself into church communities" and urging them to be vigilant.

Rev Suddards, 59, was found murdered at his vicarage in Thornbury, South Gloucestershire, six days ago.

The St Mary's Chuch vicar took up his post only last July, having come from the diocese of Chelmsford in Essex.

Detectives had arrested a 43-year-old man on suspicion of murder, but he has now been released without charge on police bail.

A special service has already been held in Thornbury to remember Rev Suddards and for local people to support each other.

The Bishop of Gloucester, the Reverend Michael Perham, led the service and said it was an opportunity for people to share their shock, grief and sorrow.