One-time Newcastle United coach charged with 29 sex offences

Ormond, who worked as a youth coach at Newcastle United in the mid-1990s, has been charged as part of Operation Tide, Northumbria Police's investigation into non-recent child sexual abuse in the sporting community.

The 61-year-old will also face one charge of indecency with a child and another of buggery, with all the alleged offences taking place from 1973 to 1998. Ormond, who was a coach at the Montagu and North Fenham boys' football club, which fed players to Newcastle, is facing allegations from 17 complainants, all of whom are male.

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The statement read: "In April the CPS received a file from Northumbria Police relating to allegations of non-recent sexual abuse".

"Following consideration of the file, in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, charges have been authorised against former football coach George Ormond in relation to 29 counts".

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'Our specially trained officers have been supporting those who have taken the hugely courageous step of speaking to us.

Late past year, a number of former players waived their right to anonymity to say they had suffered sexual abuse in the sport and since then, more than 560 potential victims have come forward.

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Anyone with any concerns or has suffered abuse is asked to contact the Operation Tide team on 101 or contacting the NSPCC helpline on 0800 023 2642.

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