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Being a victim or a witness to a crime is not easy, but, with your help, we work hard to bring offenders to justice. Throughout the justice process we will support you and treat you with dignity.

The aim of witness care units is to provide a single point of contact for Victims and Witnesses, minimising the stress of attending court and keeping  victims and witnesses up to date with any news in a way that is convenient to them.

Witnesses are essential to successful prosecutions and we are committed to making the process as straightforward as we can.

Read the fact sheet about witness care units

Find out more about being a witness

Sexual Offences

The Sexual Offences Act 2003 updated the law, much of which dated back to 1956.

The main provisions of the Act include the following:

  • Rape is widened to include oral penetration
  • Significant changes to the issue of consent
  • Specific offences relating to children under 13, 16 and 18
  • Offences to protect vulnerable persons with a mental disorder
  • Other miscellaneous offences
  • Strengthening the notification requirements and providing new civil preventative orders

Find out more about how we prosecute sexual offences

Barry Bennell faces further charges

20/06/2017

A CPS spokesperson said: "Today, 20 June, former professional football coach Barry Bennell, 63, was informed that he has been charged with 14 counts of non-recent child sexual abuse against boys aged 11 to 14 years.

"He will appear via video link at South Cheshire Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, 28 June in relation to these charges.

"The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against Mr Bennell are live and that he has a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice ongoing proceedings."

Charges:

The charges are:

  • Four counts of indecent assault on a boy aged 11 to 14 years
  • Four counts of indecent assault on a boy aged 11 to 12 years
  • Two counts of indecent assault on a boy aged 11 to 13 years
  • Four counts of buggery on a boy aged 11 to 14 years

These charges relate to four complainants. The alleged offences took place between 1983 and 1990.

Previous charges:

On 9 May 2017, Mr Bennell was informed that he has been charged with 21 counts of non-recent child sexual abuse, following an investigation by Cheshire Police.

The charges are:

  • Sixteen counts of indecent assault on a boy aged under 14
  • Two counts of indecent assault on a boy aged under 16
  • Two counts of buggery on a boy aged under 16
  • One count of attempted buggery on a boy aged under 16

These charges relate to four complainants. The alleged offences took place between 1983 and 1990.

On 9 March 2017, Mr Bennell was informed that he has been charged with four counts of indecent assault, following an investigation by Cheshire Police.

The charges are:

  • Four counts of indecent assault on a boy aged 11 to 12 years

These charges relate to one complainant. The alleged offences took place between 1981 and 1982.

On 7 March 2017, Mr Bennell was informed that he has been charged with eight counts of non-recent child sexual abuse, following an investigation by Cheshire Police.

The charges are:

  • Five counts of buggery with a boy aged under 16
  • Two counts of indecent assault on a boy aged under 14
  • Indecent assault on a boy aged under 16

These charges relate to two complainants. The alleged offences took place between 1980 and 1987.

On 29 November 2016, Mr Bennell was informed he has been charged with eight offences of non-recent child sexual abuse, following an investigation by Cheshire Police.

The charges are:

  • Three counts of indecent assault - boy under 13
  • Three counts of indecent assault - boy under 16
  • Attempted buggery - boy under 16
  • Indecent Assault - boy under 16 (alternative count to attempted buggery)

These charges relate to one complainant. The alleged offences took place between 1981 and 1985.

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