Two men charged with historic abuse at Shefford boys home

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Two men have been charged with a total of 72 charges relating to the abuse of 26 boys at a Shefford boys’ home.

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 30 November.