TRIAL OF FORMER FOOTBALL COACH GETS UNDERWAY
MAN, 60, ACCUSED OF INDECENTLY ASSAULTING THREE BOYS
THE jury have been sworn into a trial of a former football coach accused of indecently assaulting three boys.
Geoffrey Broome, 60, of Farebrother Street, Grimsby, is charged with four offences of indecently assaulting one boy, three offences against another and one against a third.
The offences are said to have happened when all three boys were under the age of 16. Broome is known to have worked with young footballers in Grimsby since the 1970s and is a former youth development coach at Scunthorpe United, working as a youth coach and scout in October 1995. He remained with the club until spring 1999.
He also had informal links with Grimsby Town but these are understood to have been severed in the late 1980s.
He is believed to have started coaching in the Grimsby area in the early 1970s and was involved at clubs including Scartho Wanderers and Solaglas Kalson. Broome also held positions on the committees of local leagues and received the Lincolnshire Football Association’s fair play award on behalf of the CGB Humbertherm club in September 1996.
The trial started yesterday. It is taking place at Doncaster Crown Court and is expected to last the week.
The jury were sworn in and sent away for the day. They were told to return at 10.30am today.
It is expected the case will be opened by prosecutor Nick Adlington then.