Police have been re-examining convicted paedophile Barry Bennell’s activities after ex-footballer Andy Woodward waived his anonymity from an earlier trial to tell the Guardian last week about his abuse by Bennell in the 1980s while he was at Crewe Alexandra between the ages of 11 and 15.
Woodward’s harrowing account prompted another former Crewe Alexandra player, Steve Walters, to tell the Guardian about his abuse by Bennell on Tuesday, before former Spurs and Liverpool star Paul Stewart told the Daily Mirror about his treatment by a different youth coach in the 1970s.
Detective Inspector Sarah Hall of Cheshire police’s public protection unit said: “As of today, Wednesday 23 November, we have now been made aware of a number of people who have come forward wishing to speak to the police. At this stage we are in the process of making contact with them, and to date no arrests have been made and no one else is under investigation.
“Cheshire Constabulary takes all reports of sexual offences extremely seriously and has specialist trained officers to provide advice and support. We urge anyone who has been a victim, no matter how long ago the incident took place, to contact police on 101.”
Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/nov/23/cheshire-police-expand-football-sexual-abuse-inquiry-more-come-forward