Middle Farm 'serious offence' investigated by police

A "serious offence" alleged to have occurred at a farm where children were fostered more than 40 years ago is being investigated by police.

The offence allegedly took place at Middle Farm in Duckmanton, Derbyshire, in the 1960s.

Derbyshire, Sheffield and Rotherham social services placed children into foster care at the farm between 1963 and 1974.

Derbyshire Police wants to speak to anyone who was fostered there.

A spokesperson said officers were "trying to develop an understanding of the environment and care given there".

"The investigation is at an early stage," a statement said.

"People have been interviewed by detectives but no-one has been arrested."

The four-bedroom farmhouse is currently for sale.

BBC Radio Derby spoke to a man who had lived nearby since the mid-1950s, who said the foster family had left many years ago.

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