Jersey Police close Historic Abuse Inquiry

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Jersey Police have officially marked the end of the Historic Abuse Inquiry.

The investigation, which to date has cost seven and a half million pounds has seen seven successful prosecutions.

The historical abuse inquiry, known as Operation Rectangle, was carried out by the States of Jersey Police between September, 2007 and December, 2010.

The conclusion of the trial involving Morag and Tony Jordan marks the end of a thorough and detailed enquiry into allegations of historical abuse within the child care system in Jersey during the period from 1941 to 2009.

The scope of the inquiry, the details of which are set out below, dealt with offences committed in childrens homes, institutions and private residences within the Island. A major part of the inquiry focused on matters at the former childrens home Haut de la Garenne, where enquiries covered the period between 1960 to 1986, when the home closed.

During the lifetime of Operation Rectangle:

1,776 statements were taken.

9,874 documents were collated during the enquiry, with 4,620 exhibits seized.

533 offences were reported and recorded under the National Crime Recording Standards.1 Under these standards, one offence is recorded for either a single offence or series of similar offences against one victim by the same alleged offender.

Of the total of 533 offences, 274 were alleged sexual offences; 238 were offences of assault, ill-treatment or neglect, 17 were offences of Grave and Criminal Assault and there were four other offences.

315 offences were reported as being committed at Haut de la Garenne; 66 at other homes or institutions and 152 at places where children were fostered or in private addresses.

43% of all offences allegedly committed at Haut de la Garenne were sexual offences. 84% of all offences in foster care or private residences were sexual offences.

Eight people (seven men and one woman) have been charged and tried before the Courts in Jersey with seven successful prosecutions resulting from these cases.

The eight people were prosecuted for a total of 145 offences (27%).

As a result of the complaints received, 151 named offenders were identified, 41 other offenders were not identified.

A total of 192 individual victims were identified.

30 of the named offenders were identified as having died before the inquiry was undertaken.

The total policing costs of the Historical Abuse Inquiry to date is £7,574,636, of which £5,088,328 is staff costs and £2,486,308 comprising non-staff costs (e.g. accommodation , travel and forensic costs).

Where appropriate, legal advice was obtained to determine if there was sufficient evidence to justify proceedings.

In recent months, the investigating team has also undertaken a detailed and thorough re-examination of all of the evidence to ensure that there were no potential lines of enquiry which remained outstanding.

David Warcup, Acting Chief Officer of the States of Jersey Police, said: Investigations of this nature are particularly difficult and protracted, especially for the victims, and officers have worked hard to ensure that the needs of victims have been met. Every allegation or complaint has been given full and proper consideration and all possible lines of enquiry have been pursued.

At this point in time, there is no evidence from which it would be possible to mount any further prosecutions.

Should evidence become available then the force will review this to determine what, if any, further action should be taken.

"The States of Jersey Police will continue to investigate all allegations of abuse, whether historical or current, thoroughly and sensitively. The force has highly skilled, specialist officers trained in this area of work, and the States of Jersey Police remain committed to bringing offenders to justice.

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HDLG Report Abuse
Posted By: jersey steve on 16-Dec-2010
I find some of the commets here offensive, especially 'Sev's' comments. I think only those of you who think child abuse is a laughing matter will be looking back and laughing in years to come. An ill-conceived, immature and crass comment in the extreme

HdlG Report Abuse
Posted By: Stan - St Mary on 16-Dec-2010
Davyecc, you ask what book I have been reading. Facts Daveycc, just facts. Amongst other things the report of UK Anthropologist Andrew Chamberlain dealing with 16 fragments of bone submitted to University of Sheffield and positively id’d as human bone and dated between 1940s to 1980s. Exhibit JAR/30: 3-4; 1940s to 1980s. Two fragments of burnt bone one a fragment of longbone, JAR/61: 183 Zone 4 East Cellar: 1960s to present date, 23 Fragments of bone: A burnt bone fragment which closely resembles a human juvenile mastoid process. A burnt fragment of possibly human mandible. 3 fragments of burnt long bone, 7 fragments of unidentified burnt cortical and trabecular bone, a fragment of slightly burnt long bone resembling human and appeared to have been cut at one end. Sorry, not enough room or time to put the numerous other details of the finds from the forensic report on here but I guess youll get my drift. The report is in the public domain for all to read. Unless of course Dr Chamberlain just made it all up and nothing was found at HdlG!

The Haut de la Garenne tooth fairy Report Abuse
Posted By: Sev, St Mary on 16-Dec-2010
Well if people still believe all the hype about unreported missing persons being buried up there then I am glad they have finally closed the case. In the years to come people will look back and laugh at all I guarantee it.

Story Report Abuse
Posted By: Davyecc on 15-Dec-2010
Hi Stan what book you been reading???

Historic Abuse Inquiry Report Abuse
Posted By: Stan - St Mary on 15-Dec-2010
Charles, Trinity, you say 'Remains of a missing child - wrong'. Have you actually read anything about this case or are you just following the Warcup/Gradwell/Le Marquand line of rubbishing the entire investigation for the sake of it? It is without doubt that human remains were found. Such remains included a significant quantity of children’s teeth, a child's femur and a number of bone fragments, some of which have been identified by forensic anthropologists as having been cut, and partially burnt while the bones were still “fresh and fleshed”. I am no detective but I would hazard a guess that the child who lost a femur or had their bones cut and burnt while 'fresh and fleshed' is likely to have been classed as 'missing'!

Closed enquiry Report Abuse
Posted By: Mike, St Martin on 15-Dec-2010
This was closed ages ago. Its only a small number of obssessives that have kept it going and they still believe the News of the World stories from 2008. Sad, very sad in deed.

[No Subject] Report Abuse
Posted By: wan - St Helier on 14-Dec-2010
Now... pull up the carpet and use an industrial hoover to sweep up all the dirt. Place all in a large sack. Then ask a builder to dig a large pit. Throw in the carpet followed by lots of lime. Call the builder back and order him to fill in the pit. If he asks questions tell him to " mind his own business! Case closed !

7 Million Report Abuse
Posted By: Davyecc on 14-Dec-2010
Thats not bad 1 million per prosecution.

[No Subject] Report Abuse
Posted By: Michael on 14-Dec-2010
Warcop CTV 150 cases not taken to court, says it all cover up now complete

Pardon me ? Report Abuse
Posted By: craig st lawrence on 14-Dec-2010
Case Closed....???.... I doubt it very much!

Haut de la Garenne Report Abuse
Posted By: Charles, Trinity on 14-Dec-2010
This enquiry will go down in the records as one of the worst pieces of policing Jersey has ever had to endure from two officers that were totally out of control. Remains of a missing child - wrong; media campaign on torture chambers - wrong and like a commentator said 30 people dead who may have committed crimes. Add up some of the complaints made which were outdated and weak, it was nothing but a farce from start to finish and an expensive one at that.

Historic abuse Report Abuse
Posted By: Lynne, St Helier on 14-Dec-2010
I am thank ful this is now over so many thanks to David Warcup, Mick Gradwell and above all Senator Ian Le Marquand.

Abuse enquiry Report Abuse
Posted By: Alan, St Brelade on 14-Dec-2010
I think Peter Price is living in a world of fantasy. Why not thank the victims for coming forward and the Attorney General for prosecuting those that he could? All this Stuart Syvret nonsence is precisely that because to people that do not follow his ridicuolous blog he must of done more harm then good.

[No Subject] Report Abuse
Posted By: peter price on 14-Dec-2010
I would like to thank Stuart Syvret for helping to expose the truth and I feel sure that it he hadn't, certain people in power would have found it much easier to cover-up what happened.

End of abuse enquiry Report Abuse
Posted By: Paul, St Clement on 14-Dec-2010
"30 of the named offenders were identified as having died before the enquiry was undertaken." This explains a lot and perhaps Lenny Harper should of noted this before doing his sensational media campaign? But on behalf of the people of Jersey many thanks to David Warcup and Mick Gradwell, they did an excellent job.

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