A 'naughty' church leader has been fined and placed on the sex offenders register for romping with a Henry 'hoover'.

John Jeffs, 74, was naked apart from a pair of ladies stockings when he was caught with the appliance.

A shocked churchgoer saw him committing the vile act while attending a talk about Asperger's syndrome.

A court heard Jeffs, a retired vicar, noticed the member of the public but carried on and later told police he did it because he felt 'naughty'.

Jeffs, of Middleton Cheney, near Banbury, was found guilty of indecent exposure after a trial at Northampton Magistrates' Court.

JPs heard Jeffs committed the sex act while working as a pastoral manager at Christian faith-based group, Parents Talking Asperger's.

The court heard he was in his office at The Baptist Centre in Middleton Cheney in September 2020 when he was seen by an eyewitness.

That witness walked past his office and said they saw Jeffs wearing nothing but a pair of ladies' stockings.

The court heard he was 'standing between two dark chairs, thrusting into a Henry Hoover'.

Jeffs, who has an otherwise clean record, was given an 18-month community order. He must sign on as a sex offender.

He was also ordered to pay £845 in court costs and £200 in compensation to the victim who witnessed the sex act.

In mitigation, Jeffs was said to still be coming to terms with the loss of his wife at a young age and was in 'a lot of pain' because he was ignoring his health and his diabetes was not medicated.

The magistrate said: "Why you thought it best to bring this matter to trial, I have no idea."