Former Newcastle United youth coach George Ormond has been charged with 29 sex offences.

The 61 year old who now lives in Newton Abbot, Devon, is alleged to have committed the offences between 1973 and 1998.

He is due to appear before Newcastle Magistrates’ Court next month on 9 June.

Ormond is the first person to be charged as part of Operation Tide, which was set up late last year to look into allegations of child sex abuse at football clubs in the North East.

Statement from the Crown Prosecution Service.

“In April, the CPS received a file from Northumbria Police relating to allegations of non-recent sexual abuse.

“Following consideration of the file, in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, charges have been authorised against former football coach George Ormond in relation to 29 counts.”

Assistant Chief Constable Darren Best

“We have had a dedicated team investigating allegations of non-recent child abuse within the sporting community since December last year.

“Our specially trained officers have been supporting those who have taken the hugely brave step of speaking to us.

“Our investigations are continuing and we urge anyone who may have been a victim of abuse or has any information about suspected abuse within any sporting community to come forward and report it to us.”