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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

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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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Matthew Pullman wanted on recall to prison

Matthew Pullman Credit: Merseyside Police

Merseyside Police is appealing for the public’s help in tracing a man who is wanted on recall to prison.

Matthew Pullman, 25, who is from the Crewe area, was jailed for 16 months in June 2015 at Chester Crown Court for assault.

He was released from prison on Friday 18 December 2015 but is wanted on recall for breaching his licence conditions.

Pullman is believed to have links to Halewood and the Winsford area of Cheshire.

He is described as being 5ft 8in tall, of slim build, with dark brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone who knows Matthew Pullman or thinks they may have seen him recently is asked to contact Wavertree police station on 0151 777 5469 or leave information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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