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Crewe's Dario Gradi expresses sympathy to victims of Barry Bennell

Former Crewe manager Dario Gradi has offered his sympathy to victims of Barry Bennell, after a number of ex-footballers spoke out against sexual abuse.

Former Crewe players Andy Woodward and Steve Walters have both waived their right to anonymity to speak of abuse they suffered at the hands of Barry Bennell while playing for the club.

Today, Gradi, who's now Director of Football at the club, released this statement:

I would like to express sympathy to the victims of Barry Bennell not only at Crewe Alexandra, but at other clubs in the North West.

The first I knew of Barry Bennell’s crimes was when he was arrested in the United States in 1994. I knew nothing of his crimes before this time when he was employed by us. No-one at the Football Club knew of Bennell’s crimes until his arrest in 1994 and his subsequent prosecution in the United Kingdom.

The Football Club also co-operated fully with the authorities in 2003.

The Club are in the process of a review and I won’t be making any further comment until this is finalised.

– Dario Gradi, Director of Football, Crewe Alexandra
Dario Gradi Credit: PA


Woman, 22, dies after taking suspected Ecstacy at Crewe gig

The woman died at Leighton Hospital in Crewe. Credit: Press Association.

Cheshire Police say a 22-year-old woman has died after taking drugs at a gig venue in Crewe last night.

In a statement the force said it's believed she had taken suspected Ecstacy while attending The Box, on Pedley Street.

She suffered an adverse reaction and was taken to Leighton Hospital where she died.

A police investigation is now taking place.

"Sadly, it is unlikely that the victim was the only person to have bought and taken drugs at this location last night.

"We would urge anybody who may have taken the drug to seek urgent medical attention. "This is a tragic situation and my thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim."

– DCS Serena Kennedy, Cheshire Constabulary
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