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

PUBLISHED: 17:30 29 November 2016 | UPDATED: 17:38 29 November 2016

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

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

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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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