An archbishop from Welling has been found guilty of four counts of breaching a restraining order.

Jonathan Blake, of Danson Crescent in Welling, was sentenced to 100 hours of community service, ordered to pay £1,000 in costs and issued with a new restraining order at Woolwich Crown Court on Monday, February 13.

The 60-year-old is the archbishop of the Open Episcopal Church, which is said to teach historic Christianity in a radical and more accessible manner.

Two complainants reported Blake to police in May 2015.

The archbishop was issued with a restraining order at Bromley Magistrates' Court on December 9, 2015 but ignored the order and breached it.

He was first arrested for breaching the order on March 4, 2016 and subsequently charged on June 17, 2016.

He continued to breach the restraining order and was arrested again on July 28, 2016. He was charged later that day.

Detective Constable Anna Brown, from Greenwich CID, said: "He has shown no remorse and continues to deny any wrongdoing.

"I am pleased with the jury's decision. I hope Blake will reflect upon his actions and think about the harm he has caused his two victims.

"I'd like to praise them for their courage in coming forward and greatly assisting police with our investigation.

“I hope the verdict and restraining order gives them the security and peace of mind they need for the future."

Blake was originally found guilty on December 9, 2015 of harassment and received the original restraining order.

He appealed the harassment conviction and his appeal was upheld on December 19, 2016.