UPDATED: Police Launch Investigation Into Sexual Abuse In The Youth Football System In Greater Manchester

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Greater Manchester Police have launched an investigation into historic sexual abuse in the youth football system in Manchester.

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It comes after many ex footballers bravely came forward to report that they had been sexually abused when they was younger playing football.

Over 100 people called the NSPCC hotline after it was set up, and four police forces in England are investigating the allegations.

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GMP’s Assistant Chief Constable Debbie Ford said: “This week GMP along with a number of other forces, launched an investigation into reports of non-recent sexual abuse in youth football.

“We have received a number of calls from victims and those with concerns and on a daily basis the investigation is growing, we are currently in the process of speaking to victims in person and providing them with specialist support.

“As of today December 1st, we are investigating reports from thirty five victims and we have identified ten suspects.

“We are co-ordinating our investigation with forces nationally and with Operation Hydrant, the national co-ordination hub for non recent child abuse investigations concerning persons of public prominence and within institutions.

“The investigation could continue to grow so we are continuing our appeal for anyone who was a victim of sexual or physical abuse to come forward and call police on 101 as soon as possible.

“I understand that reporting such traumatic events is extremely difficult, I want to reassure anyone who is thinking about coming forward that we will be there to support them throughout and I would like to praise the bravery of those who have come forward so far.”

 

 

 

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