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Government to ask other sports bodies to stamp out abuse

Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

The government will write to additional sports governing bodies to ask them to look into potential child sex abuse in their respective sports.

The Football Association's internal investigation into historic sex abuse in football will be "properly resourced", the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport said.

Karen Bradley said it would look at "what the FA and clubs knew, and when, and what action was or should have been taken".

She was responding to an urgent question by Labour MP Rosena Allin-Khan about historic sex abuse in football.


Doctor who abused 18 boys has sentence reduced

A Children's doctor who abused 18 boys in his care at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, has had his jail sentence reduced by the Court of Appeal.

Myles Bradbury, from Suffolk, who was originally sentenced to 22 years in jail, will now serve 16 years.

Myles Bradbury will now serve 16 years Credit: Press Association

Lady Justice Hallett, Mr Justice Haddon-Cave and Mr Justice Goss, however, announced today that they were "restructuring" the original sentence, replacing it with a custodial element of 16 years with an additional six years on licence.

Lady Justice Hallett, who described Bradbury's offending as "wicked", said the judges believed that a "better way both to punish the appellant and protect the public" was to "restructure the sentence".

At Bradbury's original sentencing, Judge Gareth Hawkesworth said the abuse was "one of the worst forms of sexual abuse imaginable" and said the doctor's betrayal of the Hippocratic oath to heal was "grotesquely betrayed".

Several of the boys Bradbury abused over a period of three and a half years have since died. The eldest was 15, with the youngest just 10 years old. 16,000 indecent images of children were found on a disc in his possession.

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