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Calls to stop suspected sex offenders watching junior sport

Calls to stop suspected sex offenders watching junior sport

A Radio News Hub Investigation has found a loophole in the law which allows people being investigated for child sexual offences to attend junior sports events.

There are now calls for the Police and football authorities to ban anyone being investigated for a sexual crime against a child from junior sports facilities.

David Lean, who was abused by the football coach and peadophile Barry Bennell, is campaigning for the law to change.

This comes after we’ve seen evidence of a veteran football coach in Lancashire who was still attending junior matches despite being charged with sharing sexual messages with someone he thought was a 12-year-old boy.

The man in his late 70’s is now banned via a Sexual Harm prevention Order after pleading guilty.

Simon Bailey, chief constable of Norfolk police and the man in charge of investigating sex offences aginst children says he will look at how this “obvious gap” can be bridged.

We’ve been hearing from David Lean;

A Radio News Hub Investigation has found a loophole in the law allowing some people being investigated for child sexual offences to attend junior sports events.@DavidLeanLeano was sexually abused as a child by the former #Crewe Alexandra and #ManchesterCity coach Barry Bennell pic.twitter.com/XqffeCxdfF

— Radio News Hub (@radionewshub) December 7, 2020

Content provided by Radio NewsHub. Originally published on 2020-12-07 00:00:00.

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