Former Billingshurst priest found dead

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A BODY of a missing man found last week was a former priest of Billingshurst and Forest Row.

Police have confirmed that the body of an elderly man found near Woodbury Close, East Grinstead, on Wednesday January 5 is that of Gordon Simmons.

Mr Simmons, 83, was reported missing from his home on January 4 in Poels Court, Moat Road, East Grinstead. Just a day later a dog walker discovered his body near Woodbury Close at around 8am.

A post mortem revealed the former priest at Our Lady & St Peter Catholic Church, died from hypothermia.

A Requiem Mass for Father Simmons will be held on Wednesday, January 26 at noon, followed by a burial at Mount Noddy.

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