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Former Newcastle youth coach faces sexual abuse charges

Former Newcastle coach George Ormond has been charged over historic sex abuse allegations Former Newcastle coach George Ormond has been charged over historic sex abuse allegations
Montrelle Montesinos | 20 May, 2017, 00:20

A former Newcastle United coach has been charged with 29 historic sexual offences dating back more than 40 years, police have said.

The charges relate to an investigation into "non-recent child sexual abuse in the sporting community", Northumbria Police added.

It follows an investigation by officers from Operation Tide, set up by Northumbria Police to examine allegations of historic abuse in football.

Ormond, who was a coach at the Montagu and North Fenham boys' club which fed players to Newcastle United, is facing allegations ranging over two decades from 17 complainants, all of whom are male, according to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Northumbria Police Assistant Chief Constable Darren Best said: "We have had a dedicated team investigating allegations of non-recent child abuse within the sporting community since December a year ago".

"Our specially trained officers have been supporting those who have taken the hugely fearless step of speaking to us".

Late previous year, a number of former players waived their right to anonymity to say they had suffered sexual abuse in the sport and since then, more than 560 potential victims have come forward.

Anyone with any concerns or information about possible abuse, or has suffered abuse themselves, is asked to contact the Operation Tide team on 101 or contact the NSPCC helpline on 0800 023 2642.