Update on Operation Tide
25 Jan 2017 14:00 PM[View Full Size]
Northumbria Police has released its most recent figures in relation to non-recent recent sexual abuse in the sporting community.
The force's Operation Tide was set up to support and investigate increased reporting of abuse following reports across the country and in the media.
Since launching the operation in December last year, 25 victims have come forward in relation to eight suspects across nine different sporting clubs including Newcastle United and Sunderland's Foundation of Light. This also includes some smaller local sporting clubs.
Assistant Chief Constable Darren Best said: "When we initially launched the investigation it was focussed on allegations made in connection with Newcastle United Football Club but with more victims now bravely coming forward, we have broadened the investigation.
"Our specially trained officers have been in contact with a number of people who have taken the hugely brave step of speaking to us.
"My plea to those affected is please don't suffer in silence, we would like you to come forward, our officers are trained and able to investigate and we work closely with other support organisations to ensure we provide the best possible service to you”
"We also urge anyone who may have any information regarding child sexual abuse to come forward."
Anyone who has suffered abuse is asked to contact the Operation Tide team on 101 or seek advice from the dedicated NSPCC helpline on 0800 023 2642.