Former football coach Barry Bennell charged with nine sexual offences

Barry Bennell has been charged with nine sexual offences in relation to two young boys.

The 66-year-old, who worked as a coach at Crewe Alexandra and a scout for Man City, allegedly committed the indecent acts in the 1970s and 1980s.

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The allegations against Barry Bennell came to light in 2016
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Bennell, who changed his name to Richard Jones, appeared via videolink at Warrington Magistrates’ Court on Monday morning.

Geoff Fryar, head of the complex casework unit of CPS Mersey Cheshire, said: “The Crown Prosecution Service can confirm that Richard Jones, also known as Barry Bennell, on Monday appeared at Warrington Magistrates’ Court via video link from HMP Littlehey.

“At the hearing Jones, 66, was charged with nine sexual offences in relation to two complainants.

“He has been charged with one count of buggery and six counts of indecent assault in relation to one complainant and two counts of buggery in relation to the second complainant.

“The CPS made the decision to charge Mr Bennell, a former football coach, after reviewing a file of evidence from Cheshire Police relating to allegations of non-recent child sexual abuse.

“The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against Barry Bennell are now active and he has a right to a fair trial.

“It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”

Bennell will appear at Chester Crown Court on June 15.


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