Home of former football coach Barry Bennell boarded up after he was charged with child sex offences

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Former football coach Barry Bennell's home has been boarded up a day after he was charged with child sex offences.

The 62-year-old is accused of eight counts of sexual assault against a boy under the age of 14.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced the charges just days after Bennell was taken to hospital having been found unconscious on Friday.

His home in Milton Keynes was boarded up after police officers were seen outside on Tuesday evening.

On September 27, the CPS received a file of evidence from Cheshire Police relating to allegations of non-recent child sexual abuse involving Bennell.

The alleged offences are claimed to have been committed between 1981 and 1985.

Barry Bennell's home
(Steve Parsons/PA)

A CPS spokesman said: "The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against Bennell will now begin and that he has a right to a fair trial.

"It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings."

Bennell is due to appear at South Cheshire Magistrates' Court on December 14.

Camera at Barry Bennell's home
(Steve Parsons/PA)

He is charged with five counts of indecent assault on a boy under the age of 14, two counts of inciting a boy under 14 to commit an act of gross indecency, and one count of assault with intent to commit buggery.