Ex-football coach guilty of sex abuse

Ex-football coach Barry Bennell has been found guilty of multiple sex offences against boys in the 1980s.

Bennell, 64, was convicted of 36 charges including indecent assault and serious sexual assaults against boys aged eight to 15.

The jury, which deliberated for four days, was unable to reach verdicts on seven counts.

He denied 48 offences and the Liverpool Crown Court judge directed jurors to enter three not guilty verdicts.

During the trial prosecutors said Bennell was a “predatory and determined paedophile” who molested young boys on an “industrial scale”.

They compared him to the Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang while his victims described Bennell’s home as a “paradise” for young boys, where they would play games and be given takeaway food.

Bennell, who is now known as Richard Jones, appeared in court via videolink due to illness.

The youth scout and junior football coach was associated with a number of clubs including Stoke City, Manchester City and, most notably, Crewe Alexandra.

He also worked with junior teams in Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire and Greater Manchester and ran summer camps in the UK and the US.

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