Warwickshire Police To Investigate Allegations Of Child Sex Abuse In Football
1 December 2016, 17:15
Warwickshire Police say they are the latest force to receive allegations of child sex abuse in football.
Around 350 victims have come forward to report child sexual abuse within football clubs, the National Police Chiefs' Council has said.
The number comes from information supplied by forces across the UK to Operation Hydrant, set up in 2014 to oversee investigations into historical child sex abuse concerning prominent people, and referrals from the NSPCC helpline.
The NPCC said police forces across the country had received a "significant'' number of calls, both reporting further allegations and offering information.
Superintendent Alison Davies said: "We are in contact with Operation Hydrant to ensure any response to allegations is coordinated and any contact made with us is being referred to them.
"A full, thorough and impartial investigation is now underway and the welfare of those who come forward to report offences is our utmost priority, we will do all we can to ensure they are fully supported.
"I would also like to appeal to anyone who has been affected by similar offences to come forward to police. Reports of sexual offences are taken seriously irrespective of when they took place and anyone who makes a report will be treated in a sensitive manner. "
Anyone who has any further information relating to any similar offences is also asked to contact police on 101.
Warwickshire Police are unable to confirm the number of reports or referrals received as these are currently being collated by Operation Hydrant.