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Convicted sex offender football coach Barry Bennell dies in prison aged 69

Barry Bennell, the sex offender football coach, has died in prison aged 69.

The former Crewe Alexandra, Manchester City and Stoke City youth team coach, who was convicted of 50 sexual offences in 2018, is thought to have died at HMP Littlehey in Cambridgeshire on Saturday morning, say the Sun.

The allegations against Barry Bennell came to light in 2016Rex Features

Bennell was a youth coach at a number of clubs, including Crewe, Man City and Stoke in the 1980s and 1990sGetty

The outlet also claims that Bennell had cancer while serving a 34-year jail term.

Bennell had links to youth teams across Cheshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Greater Manchester, and was first jailed in 1994 in the US for abusing a 14-year-old British boy at a football camp in Florida.

He later returned to the UK where his offences were exposed by the 1997 Channel 4 Dispatches film Soccer’s Foul Play.

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