Father John Ryan, photographed in the early 1960s on a trip to Lourdes with some of the residents of St Francis Boys Home
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Police halt Bedfordshire orphanage abuse inquiry

Police have dropped their investigation into alleged physical and sexual abuse at an orphanage in Bedfordshire.

The former residents of St Francis Boys Home in Shefford have been told there is no-one alive to prosecute.

In May Bedfordshire Police said it had started an investigation into abuse at the St Francis Boys Home in Shefford in the 1950s and 1960s.

In a letter to the complainants, Bedfordshire Police said officers had taken statements from 28 victims and identified a number of new suspects, but two of them cannot be located.

Ex-resident Tony Walsh said he was "disgusted" at the development.

Northamptonshire Diocese of the Catholic Church, which ran the home, has said it "deeply regretted" any hurt caused, but stressed the "claims were not proven".

  • 08 Nov 2013
  • From the section Essex
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