Helpline launched following an investigation into sexual offenses against children

Last updated: 03 Feb 2022 Topics: Safeguarding children

Police are working with the NSPCC and have commissioned a helpline to provide support to children and their families in relation to a recent investigation.

The dedicated helpline has been created following the arrest of Jonathon Clarke, who is accused of 3 counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, 2 counts of sexual communications with a child, 1 count of blackmail and 3 counts of making an indecent image of a child.

The offences relate to incidents between December 2019 and January 2022 against 4 victims and are believed to have taken place online.

If you have any concerns or would like support in relation to this investigation, you can speak to a trained counsellor on 0800 389 5347. The free helpline is operational from 8am on 3 February.

Police have confirmed that some of Clarke’s offences are connected with his role at Lingwood Primary School where he is employed by Soccer Stars.

Clarke also works at Thorpe St Andrew High School and as a coach with youth teams at Blofield United Football Club, and enquiries are continuing to determine if his offending is linked to these roles, which he was immediately suspended from.