South Yorkshire sports coach jailed for 30 years for sexual abuse against children

A sports coach has been jailed for 30 years after committing a catalogue of sexual offences against teenage boys across South Yorkshire.

Dylan Lamb, who has previously gone by the names of Johnathan Haythorne and Jonathan Haythorne Price, committed sexual assault crimes in Rotherham, Doncaster and Brigg in the 1970s, 80s, 90s and early 2000s, against five victims.

Lamb, 72, was found guilty of eleven counts of indecent assault, five counts of indecency with a child and five counts of other additional sexual offences.

The victims were all aged between 13 and 17 or below when Lamb assaulted them.

Det Con Kath Coulter said: “Lamb was in a position of trust, and he abused that in the most horrific way possible. He made the victims feel as though no one would believe them, that he, as a sports coach, would be the one people would listen to.”

Lamb’s crimes came to light after the first victim reported the abuse in October 2016, after they saw a media coverage of a high-profile sex abuse case publicised by the Football Association.

The abuse started when the victim was 13, when Lamb was working as a football coach in Swinton under the name of Haythorne. Lamb abused the boy over 5 years.

After the inquiry was launched, police officers discovered the man had changed his name to Dylan Lamb and was working as a hockey coach in North Lincolnshire.

It was here that a second victim came forward, and reported that Lamb had abused him when he was 15 at the hockey club.

Det Con Coulter said: “As a result of their courage in speaking out, and supporting the police investigation, Lamb will now be held to account.”

Anyone with concerns can speak to an officer via 101 quoting incident 189 of 5 December 2019, report an incident online or to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. You can also speak to NSPCC on 0800 800 5000.