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Police investigate historical child sex abuse claims at athletic club

Police are investigating the claims of a Wiltshire man who says he was sexually abused as a child, at one of the Thames Valley's most famous Athletics clubs.

Roy Messenger says he's had the courage to speak out now, after widespread allegations of abuse in football came to light.

Oxford City Athletic Club was once based at the track where Roger Bannister famously ran the first sub-four minute mile. But the club's later history is now under the spotlight, after allegations that an official at the club used his position to abuse a nine year old boy, during the 1970s.

Cary Johnston reports:

Bob Higgin's former role at Southampton Football Club

Bob Higgins, the former Southampton football coach at the centre of allegations of historic child abuse, has always denied any wrong-doing. He was acquitted in 1992 on charges of indecent assault. Mr Higgins held a key role with Southampton Football Club in the late 1980s and early 1990s, as Chris Maughan explains.


Football & horse racing - Mick Channon's son pens a book about his dad's sporting adventures

The former England international footballer Mick Channon is one of a rare breed, having reached the top in two sports.

He is remembered fondly as a player at both Southampton and Portsmouth football clubs, before he switched to horse racing.

However in a new book he's described as grumpy, foul-mouthed and short-tempered. The author of the book should know - it's his own son.

Mike Hall has been to West Ilsley to speak to the Channons.


Swindon's Brazilian player prays for families after plane crash

Police have said five people have survived the Colombian plane crash which killed 76.

Among the passengers on board the flight was the Brazilian first division football team Chapecoense.

Swindon Town defender Raphael Rossi Branco is praying for the families.

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