HE was once involved in the fight against crime as a North Yorkshire police officer - now Nigel Benson is preparing to be ordained as a priest at a church near York.

The Bishop of Selby, the Right Reverend Dr John Thomson, will ordain the Reverend Benson at a service in St Mary's Church, Haxby, at 10am on Saturday.

The father and grandfather has already worked as a Curate and then as a Deacon, and serves as a chaplain with 110 (City of York) Squadron RAF Air Cadets and at York Hospital.

He will now be able to preside at Holy Communion following Saturday's service.