Football coach Barry Bennell - arrested in Stevenage - admits child sex offences

PUBLISHED: 12:34 08 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:34 08 January 2018

Former Crewe Alexandra FC youth coach Barry Bennell.

Former Crewe Alexandra FC youth coach Barry Bennell.

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A former football coach who was arrested after being found unconscious in a Stevenage hotel has pleaded guilty to a series of child sex offences.

Barry Bennell, who also goes by the name Richard Jones, was found at the Novotel hotel on the outskirts of Stevenage in November 2016.

At the time Bennell was being investigated over a series of claims of sexual abuse alleged to have taken place while he was a coach at Crewe Alexandra in the 1980s and 1990s.

After being taken to Stevenage’s Lister Hospital, he was later arrested and charged with eight child sex offences.

Today at Liverpool Crown Court he admitted six child sex offences at the beginning of a trial.

He is charged with a total of 55 offences, including 42 counts of indecent assault, 11 counts of buggery and two counts of attempted buggery.

A jury is expected to be sworn in for his trial on the outstanding charges later today.

The charges relate to 12 complainants and the offences are alleged to have happened between 1979 and 1991.

The alleged victims were boys aged between eight and 15.

Bennell entered the pleas when he appeared via videolink in court.

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