Met Police investigating 255 football child abuse claims

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The Metropolitan Police Service is investigating 255 separate allegations of non-recent sex abuse at football clubs in London.

The force said the allegations are connected to 77 clubs or teams.

The list includes all five London-based teams in the Premier League and three in the Championship.

Det Ch Supt Ivan Balhatchet said: "The Met takes all allegations seriously, and specialist officers will work through the information".

The scandal came to light after a number of former footballers came forward publicly to tell their stories.

Breakdown of clubs connected to allegations:

  • Five in the Premier League
  • Three Championship clubs
  • Three clubs in Leagues One and Two
  • Sixty-six other named clubs including non-league or non-professional or amateur teams

The National Police Chiefs Council revealed earlier this month it had received more than 1,000 referrals UK-wide.

A specialist NSPCC hotline is available 24 hours a day on 0800 0232642.

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