Ex-youth football scout facing abuse charges dies

A former youth football scout that was facing historical abuse charges has died.

Harry Dunn, 84, appeared in court earlier this year concerning alleged child sex offences in the 1980s, but was released on bail pending further examination.

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The scout was facing one allegation of assault and sodomy, and a second of assault and attempted sodomy.

Last night, a Crown Office spokeswoman said: “Harry Dunn appeared in private, on petition at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on April 26 in connection with alleged sexual offences in the early 1980s.

“He was committed for further examination and released on bail. As a result of his death proceedings against him are now at an end.”

During his career Dunn worked as a scout for clubs including Chelsea, Liverpool and Rangers.

He was believed to have been living in Edinburgh before his death.

His charges were amongst many that came to light following an investigation last year into allegations of child abuse within football.

In April of this year, one of Mr Dunn’s alleged victims, Levi Stephen, spoke openly in a BBC Scotland documentary Football Abuse: The Ugly side of the Beautiful Game. In the interview he explained the abuse he stated had been inflicted on him at the age of 13, on a trial for Liverpool.

The documentary also included other interviewees describing alleged abuse from other football figures in the 80s and 90s, such as former Hibernian and Rangers coach, Gordon Neely and the founder of Celtic Boys’ Club, Jim Torbett.

Torbett, 69, is due to stand trial later this year for three charges of lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour and three of indecent assault.

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