Barry Bennell charged with eight offences of sexual assault against boy aged under 14 after being rushed to Stevenage’s Lister Hospital

Former Crewe Alexandra FC youth coach Barry Bennell has been charged with sexual offences against a

Former Crewe Alexandra FC youth coach Barry Bennell has been charged with sexual offences against a boy. - Credit: Archant

The former youth coach at the centre of the abuse scandal rocking the world of football, Barry Bennell – currently at Stevenage’s Lister Hospital – has been charged with eight offences of sexual assault against a boy aged under 14.

Former Crewe Alexandra FC youth coach Bennell – who is 62 and also known as Richard Jones – was taken to the Lister after being found unconscious in what police called a ‘fear for welfare incident’ at the Novotel Stevenage on Friday night.

The Crown Prosecution Service said it had received a file of evidence from Cheshire Police in relation to allegations of historic abuse.

In a statement today the CPS said: “Following a review of the evidence, in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, Mr Bennell, 62, has today been charged with eight offences of sexual assault against a boy under the age of 14.

“The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against Mr Bennell will now begin and that he has a right to a fair trial.”


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