Former youth football coach, Michael “Kit” Carson, 75 who was due to stand trial for 12 counts of indecent assault and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, has died in a car crash on the day he was due to stand trial.

Reports suggest that Mr Carson’s car collided with a tree at approximately 09:45 hours on Monday 7th January 2019.

It is reported that Michael Carson, of St Bartholomew’s Court, Riverside, Cambridge had denied all charges he faced.

Mr Carson had been accused of sexual abuse from 1978 to 2009 whilst he worked for Peterborough United, Cambridge United and Norwich City Football Clubs.

Mr Carson was initially arrested for the offences in January 2017 and was released on conditional bail.

Cambridgeshire Police have reported that the allegations involved 11 victims who were all boys under the age of 16 at the time of the offences.

Peterborough Crown Court were informed of Mr Carson’s untimely death on Tuesday 8th January 2019 and unfortunately for the victims Judge Matthew Lowe ruled that the case be closed.

With the case being closed, Carson’s victims will unfortunately receive no closure in not seeing him held accountable for the alleged offences.

In cases where physical and psychological harm is caused, victims may be entitled to Criminal Injuries Compensation Application (CICA) Award. The CICA is a government funded body to compensate victims of blameless crimes.

Not only may victims of Football abuse be entitled to CICA Awards, but we have also been assisting victims with presenting claims against various football clubs as a result of the abuse suffered by them, which has unfortunately had a profound impact on their lives.

If you know someone who has been affected by sexual abuse we have a specialist and dedicated team who would be happy to speak with you in the strictest of confidence. Call our dedicated abuse line on 0330 134 6430 or submit your enquiry online.