Police say 350 people have come forward to report child sex abuse in football

In a statement the national chiefs’ council lead for child protection, chief constable Simon Bailey, said: “We continue to encourage those who have been the victim of child sexual abuse to report it, regardless of how long ago the abuse may have taken place. We will listen and treat all reports sensitively and seriously.


In one area alone, Greater Manchester police – one of 17 forces investigating historical abuse allegations in youth football – said they had identified 10 suspects after receiving reports from 35 victims.


The 350 victims reporting crimes to police will have their cases investigated, officers say, with a priority being to identifying alleged offenders who may still pose a danger to children.


The complaints to police came after Guardian revelations about child sexual abuse in football and police chiefs are vowing to hunt down anyone responsible – no matter how long ago the crimes took place.


Police have been flooded with victims alleging they were abused as children in football and on Thursday said they were investigating alleged attacks on 350 people, with more complaints expected.



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