Former British football coach charged with historic child sexual assault crimes

Barry Bennell, a talent spotter at Crewe Alexandra and coach at Manchester City, has been charged with eight historical ...
CHESHIRE POLICE

Barry Bennell, a talent spotter at Crewe Alexandra and coach at Manchester City, has been charged with eight historical counts of sexual assault on a boy.

A British former football coach was charged on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ Time) with eight historical offences of sexual assault against a boy under the age of 14.

The charges against Barry Bennell, 62, who was a talent spotter at Crewe Alexandra and a coach at Manchester City, relate to "non-recent" child sexual abuse, the state prosecution service said without giving details.

The charges include indecent assault, inciting a boy to commit an act of gross indecency and assault with intent to commit buggery.

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A former English Premier League footballer has spoken out against the sexual abuse he suffered as a child at the hands of a coach.

Bennell was charged after prosecutors received a file of evidence from Cheshire Police, the force in charge of the area of northwest England where Crewe Alexandra are based.

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Former pro footballer Andy Woodward says it took courage to speak out about the abuse he suffered ahead of speaking to the FA at Wembley.

He is due to appear before South Cheshire Magistrates' Court in Crewe on December 14.

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