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PSNI investigating activities of convicted paedophile football coach Barry Bennell

The PSNI are conducting an investigation into former football coach Barry Bennell's activities in Northern Ireland.

Bennell was jailed for 30 years in February for abusing 12 young footballers he coached between 1979 and 1991.

Police confirmed that in November 2016 they received a report from a 40-year-old man in relation to historical football coach abuse that took place in County Antrim in 1990.

"PSNI officers are investigating this complaint and are continuing to work in conjunction with colleagues from the Cheshire Constabulary," a PSNI spokesperson said.

It is understood the allegation is in relation to a trip to Northern Ireland for the Milk Cup with Crewe Alexandra.

Bennell was first convicted of sexual assault in Florida 24 years ago, and it was his fourth conviction for historic offences.

Last year former Northern Ireland footballer Mark Williams has claimed he was abused by Barry Bennell as a youth team player.

The ex-Premier League player spoke of the shocking sexual abuse he suffered after waiving his right to anonymity.

Williams played 36 times for Northern Ireland between 1999 and 2005.

He said he was abused by Bennell at Crewe Alexandra, where the convicted sex offender was a youth team coach.

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