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Child sex abuse coach Barry Bennell found unconscious

By Scott D'Arcy

The paedophile at the centre of football's child sex abuse scandal has been taken to hospital after being found unconscious.

Barry Bennell, a former Crewe Alexandra coach, was treated by paramedics on Friday night following what police called a "fear for welfare" incident.

Bennell, who was given a nine-year jail term in 1998 after being convicted of a string of sex offences against young boys, has been cast into the public spotlight once again after one of his victims spoke out.

A Thames Valley Police statement said: "Police officers attended an address in Knebworth Park, Stevenage, just before 11pm on Friday, November 25, in connection with a fear for welfare incident.

"A 62-year-old man was located and was taken to hospital in order to receive medical treatment, where he remains."

Andy Woodward became the first to speak out last week about abuse he suffered at the hands of Bennell. The coach, who worked for Crewe, Manchester City, Stoke and junior teams in north-west England and the Midlands, abused young boys from the 1970s onwards.

He has been jailed three times for abusing boys in the 1980s and 1990s.

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