Sussex PCC To Address Child Sexual Abuse In Football

Friday 16th December 2016

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Child sexual abuse in football is one area Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne will be addressing to the Sussex Police Chief Constable today (16 December).

Mrs Bourne will also be asking for an update as to how this year’s anti drink and drug driving campaign is going in the run up to Christmas at their monthly meeting.

Commenting ahead of the meeting, Katy said, “More than 350 potential victims have come forward to report child sexual abuse in football since the former Crewe, Bury and Sheffield United defender Andy Woodward bravely waived his anonymity to speak out.

"Almost 100 potential suspects have been identified nationally in connection with allegations of historical child sexual abuse affecting 98 clubs and has now put other sports in the spotlight. I want to find out if Sussex Police has had any child sexual abuse allegations in football locally or any other sport and what action the Force is taking to support the Football Association in its inquiry.

"I will also be questioning the Chief Constable on what Sussex Police is doing to prevent and catch those who drink or take drugs and drive after the Force made significant investment in officers qualified to test motorists at the roadside. I also want to know what the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership is doing to support this campaign.

"Domestic abuse incidents increase over Christmas and New Year so I will also ask about the aims and objectives of the drive to tackle this serious problem with Operation Ribbon. Following significant investment in body worn video, I want to understand how this technology is supporting this vital Christmas operation?”

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