Football sex abuse scandal: Andy Woodward suffered from more than one abuser as he waits for police interview

Woodward triggered the investigation into widespread sex abuse of young players when he revealed he was abused in the 1980s

Thursday 22 December 2016 09:13
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Andy Woodward has not yet been contacted by the police five weeks after he revealed her was sexually abused
Andy Woodward has not yet been contacted by the police five weeks after he revealed her was sexually abused

Andy Woodward wants to "let go of that pain" - having revealed he is still waiting to give police information about the alleged sexual abuse he suffered as a junior player.

Last month the 43-year-old rocked football when he went public with claims about how he was sexually abused as a boy in the 1980s while with Crewe.

Woodward waived his right to lifelong anonymity to speak out - and others followed.

However, he took to social media on Wednesday night to reveal his disappointment at a lack of action and hinted that the delay is hindering his recovery.

Woodward wrote on Twitter: "I've now been waiting 5 weeks to provide my statement with the police for further abuse on me. I've not mentioned it before now but it hurts.

"I've kept quiet about it but now people should know I suffered more than one abuser. I need to let go of that pain yet still waiting."

Messages of support followed for Woodward, which he retweeted.

Chief Constable Simon Bailey said in a statement on the National Police Chiefs' Council website earlier on Wednesday: "Allegations received by police forces across the country are being swiftly acted upon.

"We continue to urge anyone who may have been a victim of child sexual abuse to report it by dialling 101, or contacting the dedicated NSPCC helpline, regardless of how long ago the abuse may have taken place.

"We will listen and treat all reports sensitively and seriously. Anyone with any information regarding child sexual abuse is also urged to come forward."

Andy Woodward has revealed he was sexually abused by more than one abuser

However, Bailey acknowledged that the "higher than usual" number of calls was causing delays.

The latest figures from the NPCC have showed significant increases in the numbers of clubs implicated, referrals, suspects and victims.

According to the information gathered by Operation Hydrant - the UK-wide police investigation into non-recent child sexual abuse - 148 clubs are now involved, with 155 potential suspects and 429 victims, aged between four and 20.

These figures are the result of 819 referrals to Operation Hydrant, with about three-quarters of those coming from the dedicated helpline set up by the Football Association and child protection charity NSPCC last month and the rest from police forces.

PA

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