By Rose Foley.
(Photo: Jeffrey Beall, Wikimedia Commons)
The Sun reports:
Police have revealed there are more than 500 alleged victims and 248 clubs named in the football sex abuse probe.
The scandal emerged last year when a string of top footballers claimed they had been abused while at clubs’ youth systems and academies.
Police chiefs today announced Operation Hydrant, the UK-wide investigation into non-recent child sexual abuse, has now received 1,016 referrals.
This is up from 819 before Christmas.
Cops are now looking into 184 suspects, 526 potential victims, and 248 clubs.
This is an increase of 100 clubs, professional and amateur, since the last update four weeks ago.
Previously: The Net Widens
Further to the Sunday Business Post story on the future of the Bray Wanderers and the inclusion of a new 4500 seat stadium in their future strategic plan.
Bray Wanderers shareholders will
lobby present their plans to Councillors tonight in Bray at a public meeting.
Bray Wanderers who currently lease the Carlisle Grounds from the town council cite that the old grounds are not big enough for their future plans and that there is a need to aquire a site outside of Bray for their new greenfield leisure complex.
Steven Matthews, Green Party said:
If they (Bray Wanderers) want to go, it’s up to them, we haven’t initiated any process to ask them to leave. It’s the remit of the councillors to decide what happens to the land. It’s public land, it belongs to the council and we have no plans to develop it.
Any developer looking at Bray would say: There’s one I’d like to keep an eye on.
*drops fish and chips*
Paul Cahill (photo credit: Bray Wanderers Strategic Plan)
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Police said the calls from 350 people saying they had suffered abuse came in just six days, from 24 to 30 November, and related to all aspects of football, from grassroots up to professional.
The number continues to grow, police said, and victims may have to wait because of the “significant” volume of reported child sex abuse crimes in football that have been reported since the Guardian’s revelations.
In a statement the national police chiefs’ council lead for child protection, chief constable Simon Bailey, said:
“It is important to note that this is an indicative figure only, and that information is still being collated, numbers will, therefore, continue to change.”
Police and experts believe the sexual abuse of children is massively underreported in Britain.
The former Newcastle United striker David Eatock became the latest footballer to tell police he was sexually abused in the sport. He told the Guardian that he was sexually abused during his time at the club by George Ormond, a former club youth coach.
Jonty O’Neill is a graphic designer from Cavan but based in Dublin.
Further to the announcement of the Republic of Ireland’s squad for the Euro 2016…
“100 years after our great leaders of 1916 we have our heroes of today. I wanted to give that iconic image of the seven signatories a facelift (literally). It was tough picking those seven people. Some really good footballers had to be left out but these are the seven I went with in the end…”
More of Jonty’s work can be seen here
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