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New Allegations against Brian Phelps

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Following reports published by the BBC and the Guardian in February 2023, concerning allegations of historic sexual abuse against former Olympic diver and gymnastics coach Brian Phelps, there have been multiple new allegations of sexual abuse made against him.  

Phelps, now aged 78, was sentenced to nine years in prison in 2008 for indecent assaults against three children in the 1970’s and 1980’s including a six year old girl. 

Gymnasts for Change have been supporting a number of complainants, who allege they suffered abuse at Olga gymnastics club in Poole, Dorset, which was at the time run by Phelps and his wife Monica.  It is understood that there are more than 20 people who have now come forward.dvertise22 sec

In response to these new allegations British Gymnastics said: "We continue to encourage anyone who has suffered abuse, including historic abuse such as this, to come forward and speak to relevant authorities.”

"Complaints of this serious and criminal nature should be raised with the police, and we have been liaising with them to help facilitate this for any survivors who have been in touch with us.”

David Hawkins, a specialist in Child Abuse law with Biscoes Solicitors said “If you have been affected by this, then you should speak to the Police who will take your allegations seriously and you can also speak to Gymnast for Change who are supporting many survivors.  If you wished to speak to us about your legal rights, then please don’t hesitate to talk to us in complete confidence”  Biscoes Abuse Team has particular experience in bringing cases against sporting organisations.