Former Newcastle United football coach George Ormond has today been charged with 29 counts of non-recent sexual offences.
He will face 27 counts of indecent assault, one charge of indecency with a child and one charge of buggery.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has confirmed that all 17 complainants are male and that the alleged assaults took place between 1973 and 1998 whilst George Ormond was working in football in the north-east.
This comes after a nationwide investigation into abuse in football began in late 2016 after former Crewe, Bury and Sheffield United player Andy Woodward waived his right to anonymity disclosed that he was sexually abused as a youth player.
Since he spoke out, other footballers have come forward and told their stories about the sexual abuse they suffered as youth players.
Several police forces across the country are now carrying out investigations into abuse allegations brought against former coaches such as Ormond.
Blog by Andrew Freckleton, Solicitor