Local man charged with multiple child sex offences
A Grimsby man has appeared before a judge and been charged with more than 20 child sex offences dating back almost 30 years.
Tetney resident, Andrew Mark Ditchfield, aged 53, appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court on Thursday after being arrested by Derbyshire Police on Tuesday morning on suspicion of multiple offences.
Mr Ditchfield is due to appear at Derby Crown Court on 17 December.
On Wednesday 18th November, he was 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.
Police said the 21 offences, relating to 11 alleged victims, were reported to have been committed between 1992 and 2011 in Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.
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 by Andrew Ditchfield can contact Derbyshire police in confidence using non emergency line 101, or through the website by completing the online contact form derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us including reference 17*279894 in any correspondence.