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Two more people have come forward with similar allegations of abuse against a former youth football coach who was jailed earlier this year.

Geoffrey Douglas Broome was jailed for four years in April after being convicted of multiple offences of indecent assault involving young boys.

The offences took place in Grimsby between 1991 and 1995, involving three victims and eight offences of boys under 14 years of age.

Humberside Police have now investigated new allegations of sexual abuse against 62-year-old Broome, according to BBC.

The report states that police had not been able to bring charges on these counts, but would investigate any further reports.

The decision not to charge Broome with the recent allegations was “for a range of reasons, but out of respect of the victims, we are unable to provide further information at this stage” police told BBC.

A victim told BBC Look North: “Instead of actually taking you home, he would take a detour and it would be Grimsby Crematorium.

“I didn’t understand the word abused when I was 10 or 11-years-old, but I knew this wasn’t right.

“I’ve been numb for many years and remain numb. If he’d been stopped in 1987 all these potential boys, now men, it wouldn’t have happened to them.”

Broome worked with Grimsby Town and Scunthorpe United, as well as amateur sides in North and North East Lincolnshire, where he caned, spanked and massaged the child players. He denied the assaults which dated back to the 1990s.

The court was also told he had continued to work in youth football despite previously receiving a police caution in 1987 for spanking an 11-year-old boy.

When referring to the two new victims who had come forward, Detective chief inspector Al Curtis told BBC: “Upon thorough investigation, we are unable to charge Mr Broome on either count.”

He said: “The Broome case has been an extensive investigation spanning nearly five years and thousands of pages of testimonies.

“It is always our aim, and our priority, to provide victims of crime with the best possible service and our officers are always looking to improve and continuously learn.

“I want to take this opportunity to say that we will pursue offenders no matter how long ago the offending took place.

“While the case is now closed, we will have no hesitation reopening it if further victims come forward.”

Lincolnshire Police has responded to data that shows 17 accusations of sexual misconduct made against its male officers and staff in the last four years, saying it takes all allegations “extremely seriously”.

The figures obtained by RADAR via a Freedom of Information request, show that between 2016 and 2020, there were a total of 17 sexual misconduct allegations against Lincolnshire Police officers.

All 17 reported cases were against male officers, though just one was convicted of common assault and dismissed from his duties, as the others found themselves with no case to answer.

Humberside Police, which covers North and North East Lincolnshire, had eight allegations against officers in that time period, though the gender of these officers was not disclosed.

The FOI request looked at figures from a total of 31 police forces across the UK, which revealed that over 750 accusations were made between 2016 and 2020.

The responses to the request did not clarify whether the officers were on duty at the time of the alleged incidents.

Lincolnshire Police has said that it takes “all allegations of sexual assault” extremely seriously.

A spokesperson for the force told The Lincolnite: “Whenever a complaint of a sexual offence is received it is referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

“The allegations are investigated robustly and where there is evidence to do so, the case will be presented to the Crown Prosecution Service and referred to a gross misconduct hearing.

“These figures show that in one case an officer was convicted of common assault and a gross misconduct hearing concluded that the former officer would have been dismissed had he not resigned.

“He was placed on the Barred List. In all other instances, officers were found to have no case to answer.

“The public’s trust and confidence in policing is vital, and our processes are there to ensure that we treat these reports with the utmost seriousness.”

Humberside Police said it expects the “highest standards” from its workforce and stated that one allegation of sexual harassment by an officer is too many.

Assistant Chief Constable Chris Noble said: “Where allegations are made against any officer or staff member, we will take all necessary steps to ensure a full investigation.

“One allegation of sexual harassment by an officer or member of staff against anyone is one too many and we would ensure a full and proper investigation is carried out to obtain the facts of the allegations.

“I would reiterate the words of Chief Constable Lee Freeman in saying, ‘Misogyny & VaWG (Violence against Women and Girls) exists in society and in policing – we are not in a vacuum. Things must change across the whole CJS (Criminal Justice System), but we must hear what is being said re policing & do more’.”

ACC Noble added: “I will stand by any one of our officers or staff members who after investigation have been found to be innocent however I will stand with the rest of the police community and nation in upholding the law against those who are found to have committed any offence, be that of a sexual nature or otherwise.”

Tributes to other women who lost their lives also featured on the Sarah Everard memorial in Lincoln. | Photo: The Lincolnite

Home Secretary Priti Patel announced an independent inquiry into systematic police failures following the death of Sarah Everard at the hands of then-serving Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens.

Everard was kidnapped, raped and murdered by Couzens during her walk home in Clapham, London on March 3.

Former police officer Couzens admitted the charges against him in July, and was sentenced to life in prison without parole on September 30.

A child riding a bicycle has been hit by a car in Scartho, near Grimsby.

It happened near the traffic lights at the junction of Scartho Road and Matthew Telford Park between 5pm and 5.15pm on Saturday, October 9.

Police say a child on a pedal cycle was in collision with a blue Vauxhall Grandland, and they are appealing for anyone who saw the incident to get in touch.

No one was seriously injured in the crash.

If you saw the incident, or have dashcam footage, call Humberside Police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting log 461 of October 9.

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