Tetney man charged with serious sexual offences against children

A 53-year-old man from Tetney has been charged with more than 20 alleged sexual offences against children.

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Andrew Mark Ditchfield, of Fourways, Tetney, was arrested on Tuesday morning (November 17) on suspicion of multiple offences.

According to Derbyshire Police, Ditchfield has been charged with the following 21 offences against 11 victims:

12 counts of indecent assault on boys under the age of 14 (between 1992 and 2004 in Derbyshire).

Two counts of attempted rape (between 1994 and 2003 in Derbyshire).

Three counts of rape (between 1999 and 2011. Two counts in Derbyshire and one in Lincolnshire).

Two counts of indecent assault on girls under the age of 14 (between 1993 and 2001 in Derbyshire).

Two counts of causing a boy over the age of 13 to engage in non-penetrative sexual activity (between 2004 and 2011. One count in Derbyshire and one count in Lincolnshire).

Ditchfield appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court on November 19, where he was remanded to prison and will appear at court on December 17.

Detective Inspector Tony Owen said: “As a force, we take reports of non-recent sexual abuse very seriously. We work closely with partners to ensure that survivors are given support, whether or not they wish to make a formal criminal complaint, and I would urge anyone who may have been subject to abuse to come forward.”

Anyone with information that may be of help to detectives investigating the alleged offences can contact Derbyshire Police in confidence by calling 101 or completing the online contact form at www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us and mention the reference number 17*279894.

You can also contact Derbyshire Police via a private message on their official Facebook page (/DerbyshireConstabulary) or through Twitter (@DerPolContact).