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Barry Bennell trial: Boys had 'untold rule not to report abuse'

From BBC - January 10, 2018

A man who says ex-coach Barry Bennell abused him as a boy has told a court he never reported it because he did not want to "spoil" his dream of becoming a professional footballer.

Giving evidence at Liverpool Crown Court, the man said he was scouted by Mr Bennell, now known as Richard Jones, and abused at his home and at Butlins.

There was an "untold rule" between boys not to report abuse, he told the jury.

Mr Bennell, 64, denies 48 sex offence charges involving 11 boys.

The witness said that as a young, aspiring footballer he had been spotted by former Crewe Alexandra coach and youth scout Mr Bennell.

He said he had believed that Mr Bennell could help him realise his dream of playing football professionally for Manchester City.

"Every boy dreamed of being a footballer so everybody wanted to please him," he added.

Bunk beds

The witness said he and other boys were invited to stay at Mr Bennell's home - above a video shop he owned - where the alleged abuse began.

Inside he said there were two sets of bunk beds and a double bed, which Mr Bennell would share with two boys.

The jury heard how Mr Bennell would allegedly turn the lights off and play loud music - including songs by Billy Joel and the Steve Miller Band - before abusing the boys.

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