Sussex PCC to quiz Chief Constable about child sexual abuse in football and the Xmas drink and drug drive campaign


PCC Katy Bourne is to ask Chief Constable Giles York whether Sussex Police has received allegations of child sexual abuse within football following the widespread publicity nationally and if the Force is doing any work to support the Football Association’s own inquiry. She will also ask how the Christmas drink and drug drive campaign Operation Dragonfly is progressing as well as Operation Ribbon to tackle domestic abuse over Christmas and the New Year.

These are just some of the questions that the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne will put to Chief Constable Giles York, at this month’s Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM).

WHEN: Friday 16 December, 1PM

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Commenting ahead of the meeting, Mrs Bourne said:

“More than 350 potential victims have come forward to report child sexual abuse in football since the former Crewe, Bury and Sheffield United defender Andy Woodward bravely waived his anonymity to speak out.

“Almost 100 potential suspects have been identified nationally in connection with allegations of historical child sexual abuse affecting 98 clubs and has now put other sports in the spotlight. I want to find out if Sussex Police has had any child sexual abuse allegations in football locally or any other sport and what action the Force is taking to support the Football Association in its inquiry.

“I will also be questioning the Chief Constable on what Sussex Police is doing to prevent and catch those who drink or take drugs and drive after the Force made significant investment in officers qualified to test motorists at the roadside. I also want to know what the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership is doing to support this campaign.

“Domestic abuse incidents increase over Christmas and New Year so I will also ask about the aims and objectives of the drive to tackle this serious problem with Operation Ribbon. Following significant investment in body worn video, I want to understand how this technology is supporting this vital Christmas operation?”

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