Norfolk man arrested on suspicion of historical, physical and sexual abuse

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
5:52 PM

A 77-year-old man from Norfolk has been arrested on suspicion of historical physical and sexual abuse after complaints about staff at a former Catholic boys’ home in Bedfordshire.

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The man, from Thetford, was interviewed and bailed at part of an investigation into Shefford St Francis Boys Home.

Police said the claims relate to four alleged victims.

The home, which was run by the Northampton diocese of the Catholic church, closed in the mid 1970s.

In May Bedfordshire Police revealed an investigation had started into abuse allegations at the home dating back to the 1950s and 1960s.

But last month police said the case had been closed as officers had been unable to find anyone alive to prosecute.

Earlier this month it was revealed detectives had received new information from an ex-resident.

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