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Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Front Page - BY NIGEL NEL­SON Po­lit­i­cal Ed­i­tor

BORIS Johnson is to an­nounce the cre­ation of 10,000 more prison places for the ex­tra peo­ple he plans to lock up.

He has al­ready pledged to in­crease po­lice num­bers, give of­fi­cers more stop and search pow­ers and to clamp down on early re­leases.

To­mor­row, he will hold talks with po­lice chiefs, judges and prison bosses about en­sur­ing crim­i­nals serve their full terms. Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Robert Buck­land said: “The PM’s putting pris­ons at the heart of plans to cut crime.

“More and bet­ter prison places means less re-of­fend­ing and a lower bur­den on the tax­payer.” Three new pris­ons have ap­proval and an­other is planned. The first, in Welling­bor­ough, Northants, is due to be fin­ished in 2021. Jails are at 97% ca­pac­ity, with num­bers set to grow from

83,000 to 86,400 by 2023.

to­tal of £2,200 – giv­ing him £1,000 to help with debts, and £1,200 to­wards rent ar­rears.

In his ap­pli­ca­tion Rus­sell, then 33, wrote: “I have hit fi­nan­cial prob­lems, which is down to me and not be­ing re­spon­si­ble with money – I have lost my way in life a lit­tle bit. I can­not get an over­draft, credit or a loan.”

Plead­ing his case, Rus­sell added: “All I want to do is get on with my life and try and pay my way.”

Heath moved to Charl­ton af­ter get­ting the sack from Chelsea.

The scout had claimed he was un­fairly dis­missed by the Stam­ford Bridge club and took it to a tri­bunal, which heard he “spent a lot of his time in his of­fice, dec­o­rat­ing and cook­ing meals for the school­boy play­ers.”

In 2016, for­mer Chelsea player Gary Johnson, also a vic­tim of Heath, claimed he was paid £50,000 by the club to keep quiet about his abuse.

The claims by Rus­sell come as clubs face a back­lash for fail­ing to pro­tect play­ers. Claims by more than 850 al­leged vic­tims span the coun­try, with in­ves­ti­ga­tions by at least 18 po­lice forces.

For­mer play­ers have told how they felt un­able to re­port abuse at the time be­cause they feared it would de­stroy their dreams of be­com­ing pro­fes­sional.

In 2016, FA chief ex­ec­u­tive Martin Glenn vowed to pun­ish any club guilty of “hush­ing up” his­tor­i­cal abuse.

Ex-keeper Rus­sell de­cided to speak out be­cause he be­lieves the PFA missed a chance to in­ves­ti­gate Heath ear­lier.

He has now en­listed the help of sex abuse spe­cial­ist, solic­i­tor Dino Novi­celli, as he seeks an­swers over his treat­ment.

Rus­sell said: “I was just a child and I was groomed and ex­ploited. Heath used my love of foot­ball to abuse me – I’ll never get over that. I hate what hap­pened to me and the PFA did ab­so­lutely noth­ing. I hope the play­ers and coaches who knew this was go­ing on are sleep­ing well right now.

“I want jus­tice for all the vic­tims, and for those who were in power to be held re­spon­si­ble.” His rev­e­la­tions come days af­ter Chelsea apol­o­gised “un­re­servedly” to for­mer youth play­ers aged 10 to 17 tar­geted by Heath in the 1970s.

A re­view that led to a re­port by Charles Geekie QC de­tailed the ev­i­dence of 23 wit­nesses – 15 said to have seen “se­ri­ous and un­am­bigu­ous sex­ual as­saults”, in­clud­ing rape.

Mean­while a sep­a­rate in­quiry by the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion into his­tor­i­cal sex abuse is un­der­stood to have con­tacted the PFA as it be­gan in­ves­ti­gat­ing the union’s in­volve­ment in the cri­sis. Clive Shel­don QC, head­ing the probe, has re­quested doc­u­ments to ex­plore whether they could have done more to pro­tect young­sters.

While most clubs and foot­ball bod­ies have changed per­son­nel in the years since, Tay­lor has been full-time at the PFA since 1980, and its chief since 1981.

He con­firmed in March he would quit af­ter an in­ter­nal bat­tle over stock­pil­ing funds.

No date has been given for his de­par­ture.

The PFA con­firmed last night: “Mr Davy con­tacted the PFA in 1999 ini­tially re­quest­ing sup­port to help man­age per­sonal debts and as­sis­tance with his ten­ancy agree­ment.

“The PFA pro­vided di­rect fi­nan­cial and le­gal sup­port to help him through a chal­leng­ing time.”

I hope those who knew all this was go­ing on are sleep­ing well right now RUS­SELL DAVY


FRAN­TIC Par­ents Me­abh & Se­bas­tianSaEnEd, Sbe­PlOowR,TNora

TALKS Boris Johnson

VIC­TIMS ALL NEED JUS­TICE FLASH­BACK Heath, top, and Rus­sell, both in 1982 MISSED OP­POR­TU­NITY How PFA boss Gor­don Tay­lor wrote off the abuse suf­fered by Rus­sell Pic­tures JOHN GLADWIN Rus­sell, now liv­ing in Ca­naries, says foot­ball’s bosses must face mu­sic

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