Men face 72 charges of historic abuse at boys’ home


Two men have been charged with abusing 26 boys - some as young as five years old - at a Shefford boys’ home in the 1960s.

A 79-year-old man from Swaffham, Norfolk, is charged with 66 offences – 18 sexual and 48 physical – which are alleged to have taken place at St Francis Boys’ Home between 1963 and 1974.

The 25 boys were aged between five and 16.

A 73-year-old man from Bedford has been charged with six sexual offences against four boys aged between 11 and 16.

Both men will appear at Luton Magistrates’ Court on November 30.