83 child sex abuse sus­pects, nearly 100 clubs ‘im­pacted’

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

LON­DON:

Po­lice have identified 83 po­ten­tial sus­pects in the child sex abuse scan­dal that has rocked English foot­ball and be­lieve 98 clubs from all lev­els have been ‘im­pacted’, the Na­tional Po­lice Chiefs Coun­cil re­vealed yes­ter­day. The scan­dal-in which two men have been charged with sex abuse al­though sev­eral of the coaches against whom al­le­ga­tions have been made are out of reach as they are now dead-has seen over a third of all Bri­tish po­lice forces launch in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

The NPCC added that 98 per­cent of the vic­tims, be­lieved to to­tal 350, are male with their ages at the time of the al­leged abuse rang­ing from seven to 20. The Na­tional So­ci­ety for the Pre­ven­tion of Cru­elty to Chil­dren (NSPCC) said the figures re­flected the se­ri­ous­ness of the scan­dal. “These shock­ing num­bers now identified by po­lice re­veal the deeply dis­turb­ing ex­tent of abuse that has been go­ing on within foot­ball,” said an NSPCC spokesman.

The NPCC said all calls were be­ing treated se­ri­ously-a to­tal of 639 re­fer­rals have been re­layed to Op­er­a­tion Hy­drant which is the over­all po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion into historic sex abuse and who an­a­lyse the claims-and be­ing dealt with as quickly as pos­si­ble. “We are en­sur­ing an ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive ser­vice-wide ap­proach to in­ves­ti­gat­ing al­le­ga­tions, re­mov­ing the po­ten­tial for du­pli­ca­tion and en­abling the timely and ef­fec­tive shar­ing of in­tel­li­gence and in­for­ma­tion be­tween forces,” said Si­mon Bai­ley, the lead for the NPCC on child pro­tec­tion.

“We are also li­ais­ing closely with the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion to en­sure all rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion they hold is shared to in­form in­ves­ti­ga­tions mov­ing for­ward. “As the num­ber of calls be­ing re­ceived across the ser­vice is higher than usual, it may take longer than nor­mal for an of­fi­cer from a lo­cal force to make con­tact to fol­low up from the ini­tial call.” — AFP

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