Historic sexual offences investigations

MQT on 2017-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2017
Question By: 
Tony Devenish
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In light of the Henriques Review, what steps will you, your Deputy Mayor, MOPAC and the Metropolitan Police Service be taking to ensure the response to recent historic sexual allegations involving football clubs incurs an appropriate, but not excessive use of resources?


Answer for Historic sexual offences investigations

Answer for Historic sexual offences investigations

Answered By: 
The Mayor

It is vital that victims of rape and sexual assault feel confident to come forward and report crimes and that all allegations are treated seriously by the police. MOPAC will continue to work closely with the police and other key agencies to ensure victims are always fully supported when they report a crime.

The MPS is working with national partners, including the Football Association, NSPCC and Operation Hydrant to provide an effective and coordinated response to allegations of non-recent sexual abuse within the world of football.

As of 12 January 2017, the MPS had received 207 allegations of non-recent sexual abuse connected to 73 football clubs in London (professional and amateur).

The MPS investigates many non-recent sexual abuse allegations, including those linked to football and every complainant is entitled to have their claims heard and to be provided with appropriate welfare support.

Specialist investigators from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse command seek to make proportionate enquiries in every case, ensuring that police and partners safeguard any children currently at risk. The MPS investigations are overseen by a Detective Chief Superintendent, who seek to ensure the allocated resources are balanced against the investigative requirements of the allegations.