Former football coach Barry Bennell due in court charged with child sex offences

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Former football coach Barry Bennell is due to appear in court today charged with child sex offences.

The 62-year-old is expected to appear via videolink at South Cheshire Magistrates Court.

He is accused of eight offences of sexual assault against a boy under the age of 14.

The CPS said it received a file of evidence from Cheshire Police on September 27 relating to allegations of non-recent child sexual abuse involving Bennell.

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

Bennell 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.