GMP investigating 35 reports of non-recent sexual abuse in football

Greater Manchester Police have confirmed they are currently investigating 35 reports of historic sexual abuse in football.

GMP are one of 14 police forces across the country who have launched investigations this week into reports of non-recent sexual abuse in youth football.

GMP, the country’s third largest police force, have said they have identified 10 suspects and are working closely with other forces as part of the nationwide Operation Hydrant.

Any report naming a suspect who is deceased will still be investigated thoroughly by GMP, they say.

GMP’s Assistant Chief Constable, Debbie Ford, said: “We have received a number of calls from victims and those with concerns and on a daily basis the investigation is growing.

“We are currently in the process of speaking to victims in person and providing them with specialist support.

“We are co-ordinating our investigation with forces nationally and with Operation Hydrant, the national co-ordination hub for non-recent child abuse investigations concerning persons of public prominence and within institutions.

“This investigation could continue to grow so we are continuing our appeal for anyone who was a victim of sexual or physical abuse to come forward and call police on 101 as soon as possible.

“I understand that reporting such traumatic events is extremely difficult. I want to reassure anyone who is thinking about coming forward that we will be there to support them throughout and I would like to praise the bravery of those who have come forward so far.”