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Coach abused boy ‘more than 100 times’

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Former football coach Barry Bennell was a “predatory and specified paedophile” who abused one boy on more than 100 moments, national courts has heard.

The ex-Crewe Alexandra coach “had pretty much unfettered access” to boys dreaming of a life in health professionals game, prosecutors alleged.

Mr Bennell, 63 , now known as Richard Jones, denies 48 sexuality offence accuses involving 11 boys.

Liverpool Crown Court was told offences has just taken place between 1979 and 1991.

Prosecutors told the jury the evidence they are able to hear concerned accusations made against Mr Bennell by sons from England and Wales, and the United States, and that Mr Bennell had served prison sentences in both jurisdictions.