Hundreds report football abuse to police

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About 350 victims have reported child sexual abuse within UK football clubs, police chiefs have said.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council said a “significant number of calls” were made to forces after several former players made allegations of abuse against coaches.

Its figures are based on information about existing investigations as well as referrals from a new NSPCC helpline.

The charity said the hotline has received 860 calls in its first week.

Fifteen police forces have confirmed they are investigating allegations of historical child sex abuse in football.

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