Bedford man among arrests in connection with abuse at boys’ home

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Two men - including one from Bedford - have been arrested and a further two people interviewed in connection with an on-going investigation into alleged child abuse at St Francis’ Boys’ Home in Shefford during the 1960s and 1970s.

A 72-year-old man from Bedford was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting four children, while a 79-year-old man from Mundford, Norfolk, was arrested on suspicion of six sexual and 14 physical assaults on children at the home.

Both have been bailed until April.

A 68-year-old man was voluntarily interviewed under caution for sexual assault and enquiries are on-going.

A 78-year-old woman from Shefford was interviewed under caution for sexual assault. She has been released with no further action.

All four interviews took place in the last two weeks. The victims have been updated over the weekend.

So far detectives have spoken to more than 80 victims during the course of the investigation.

Further potential suspects have been identified and will be interviewed in due course.

At the conclusion of the interviews a report will be submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service.