A vicar sent a dead hedgehog to herself in a fabricated hate campaign after falling out with church officials, a court heard today.
Methodist minister Rev Janet Magee, 62, falsely claimed to police that she had been receiving threatening telephone calls and abusive letters, it was alleged.
On the strength of the minister's complaints police arrested church steward Roger Chessell who had wanted to force her out of her job.
But he was released without charge and detectives focused their inquiries on the clergywoman, believing she may have been lying about the hate campaign.
Police secretly installed a CCTV camera at her home which proved she could not have received the hedgehog in the post on the date she stated, Grimsby Crown Court was told.
Forensic evidence also proved that she had written some of the hate mail herself by using words and letters cut out from a national ne
|Liveleak on Facebook|