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Two men charged with abusing 26 boys at Bedfordshire boys' home

Two men have been charged with 72 counts relating to the abuse of 26 boys at a boys’ home in Bedfordshire.

The abuses are alleged to have happened at St Francis Boys’ Home in Shefford between 1963 and 1974.

A 79-year-old man from Swaffham in Norfolk, has been charged with 66 offences against 25 boys aged between five and 16.

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

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