Former Norwich City, Peterborough United and Cambridge City coach arrested over historic allegations of sexual abuse of children

Former coach arrested

Former coach arrested - Credit: Archant

Former Peterborough United, Cambridge United and Norwich City coach Michael ‘Kit’ Carson, 74, was arrested today at his Cambridge home as part of an investigation into allegations of abuse in football.

Carson is being questioned on suspicion of indecency with children and indecent assault.

During his time at Norwich in the 1980s and 1990s, Carson brought through influential youngsters such as Ruel Fox and Chris Sutton.

He left the Canaries in 1993 to join Peterborough United as an academy director and eight years later moved to Cambridge United as head of youth development. He stayed at Cambridge United until 2006 when he joined Histon FC, reports the BBC report.

Cambridgeshire Police said the allegations date from the 1970s to the mid-2000s, and are alleged to have happened in Cambridgeshire and across Europe.

Officers are investigating multiple offences against multiple victims.

A police spokesman said a man in his 70s remains in custody.

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Officers are working with the Football Association, local children’s safeguarding boards and councils as part of their county-wide investigations.

Mr Carson, who lives in Cambridge, spent 10 years at Norwich City. He left the club in 1993 to join Peterborough United, and was later appointed Cambridge United’s head of youth development in 2001.

Anyone with concerns about the allegations should contact the police on 101 or the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.

The BBC is reporting tonight their understanding that the alleged offences relate to Carson’s work at Cambridge United and Peterborough United.

They are also reporting that Carson worked for a time in Finland, hosting English youth teams on football tours of the country.