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Police searching a former children’s home in Jersey have asked for more investigative staff to help with the operation.It follows last weekend’s discovery of a child’s skull at Haut de la Garenne and police are now excavating seven sites which were identified by a sniffer dog specially trained to find human remains.More than 160 former residents of the home, which closed in 1986, have come forward with abuse claims dating back to the 1960s. Victims claim rooms at the site were used for abuse and have described being raped, drugged and flogged.Jersey Deputy Police Chief Lenny Harper said members of the public are continuing to make allegations of serious sexual crimes, and a request has been made for a further 12 staff to assist with the investigation.More than 70 phone calls have been received in the past few days relating to alleged abuse at the home involving over 40 suspects.The excavation site is in a stairwell approximately 20ft long by 8ft wide. Teams of between two and four forensic experts have worked on the area every day since the operation began.
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Two more people have come forward claiming to be victims of abuse at the former Haut de la Garenne children’s home in Jersey, police say. At a news conference outside the building, Deputy Police Chief Lenny Harper said they had made “allegations of serious sexual crimes”. He also said a makeshift trap door had been found leading to the building’s cellars, which police are searching. A child’s skull was found at the site on Saturday.”We’ve had two people in the last few hours who have come forward and reported extremely serious allegations of crime to us that are alleged to have happened in here”, Lenny Harper told journalists. “[The] team have also uncovered what we’ve been referring to, or what some of the witnesses have referred to, as a trap door when they’ve been talking about offences that were committed in that cellar area”, he said. “It is in effect a space in the floor boards but the existence of it and the location of it again corroborates what some of the victims have been telling us.”
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Police searching a former children’s home in Jersey have asked for more investigative staff to help with the operation.It follows last weekend’s discovery of a child’s skull at Haut de la Garenne and police are now excavating seven sites which were identified by a sniffer dog specially trained to find human remains.More than 160 former residents of the home, which closed in 1986, have come forward with abuse claims dating back to the 1960s. Victims claim rooms at the site were used for abuse and have described being raped, drugged and flogged.Jersey Deputy Police Chief Lenny Harper said members of the public are continuing to make allegations of serious sexual crimes, and a request has been made for a further 12 staff to assist with the investigation.More than 70 phone calls have been received in the past few days relating to alleged abuse at the home involving over 40 suspects.The excavation site is in a stairwell approximately 20ft long by 8ft wide. Teams of between two and four forensic experts have worked on the area every day since the operation began.
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New abuse claims at Jersey home (BBC News)

Posted: February 29, 2008 in News

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Two more people have come forward claiming to be victims of abuse at the former Haut de la Garenne children’s home in Jersey, police say. At a news conference outside the building, Deputy Police Chief Lenny Harper said they had made “allegations of serious sexual crimes”. He also said a makeshift trap door had been found leading to the building’s cellars, which police are searching. A child’s skull was found at the site on Saturday.”We’ve had two people in the last few hours who have come forward and reported extremely serious allegations of crime to us that are alleged to have happened in here”, Lenny Harper told journalists. “[The] team have also uncovered what we’ve been referring to, or what some of the witnesses have referred to, as a trap door when they’ve been talking about offences that were committed in that cellar area”, he said. “It is in effect a space in the floor boards but the existence of it and the location of it again corroborates what some of the victims have been telling us.”
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Police have broken into a bricked-up room in a Jersey children’s home where human remains were found.
Detectives are looking for more evidence of crimes against children after discovering a youngster’s skull at the Haut de la Garenne home at the weekend.
More than 160 people have called police alleging they were victims of child abuse at the centre, it has emerged.
Jersey deputy police chief Lenny Harper said some children who lived at the home have not been accounted for.
Police are concentrating their search on a bricked-up room mentioned by victims as a site where abuse took place.
The room, which is about 12 feet square, produced an “extremely strong reaction” from the sniffer dog that found the skull, said Mr Harper.
Police are searching the room for a set of shackles victims say were used to restrain children.
Mr Harper said: “The initial look at what’s in there certainly corroborates some of the victims.
“I don’t wish to elaborate on what’s in there at the moment.”
“There is another room of the same size that appears to have been bricked up.
“Some of the bricking-up appears suspicious but there could be an innocent explanation for it.”
Forensic teams are investigating seven sites at the Haut de la Garenne, which is now a youth hostel.
Jersey Police have spoken to 200 victims and witnesses and said the abuse claims stretch back four decades.
Former residents have claimed that when the building was used as a care home they were raped, drugged and flogged.
Peter Hannaford, 59, a resident at Haut de la Garenne until the age of 12, claimed older children were encouraged by staff to attack and sexually assault him nearly every night.
Now a woman, who has asked to remain anonymous, has told a newspaper that in the 1970s staff would have drunken parties and select weak children to abuse.
She said she was locked in a tiny three metre by four metre “punishment room” and was subjected to “the most cruel, sadistic and evil acts”.
“It was the most serious forms of sexual abuse,” she said.
“The staff knew how to pick out the weak ones – I think they went through their records – and rape was rife in all ages, both boys and girls.”
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Police in Jersey are continuing their search at the children’s home Haut de la Garenne, where a child’s remains were found.
Here, two BBC News website readers reflect on their experiences of the home.
Both wish to remain anonymous. The first had a couple of brief stays in Haut de la Garenne when he lived in Jersey in the seventies. He now lives abroad. The second website reader used to visit the children’s home regularly, and witnessed the cruelty and abuse of the children who were sent there. Here are their stories:


ANONYMOUS

There were two dreadful places for me – school and home. I spent two brief periods at Haut de la Garenne, and thought it was going to be a relief for me. But it wasn’t.
It felt unsafe. At Haut de la Garenne, physical abuse was a regular occurrence. It was common currency to be hit about the head.
School was the same – corporal punishment was the routine for those who, like myself, were not ‘compliant’ or willingly following rigid rules.
For myself, there was no-one or nowhere to go to, and it seemed that the entire adult population were doing all that they could to beat me down, physically, mentally and emotionally.
Jersey is an island – there is nowhere to run to, and I ran away several times, but the reality was there was nowhere to go. There was no escape.
ALL the institutions failed me. The school, which should have been a sanctuary from home, was a place I dreaded to go.

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Home of horrors searched (ITV News)

Posted: February 27, 2008 in News

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Police have broken into a bricked-up room in a Jersey children’s home where human remains were found.
Detectives are looking for more evidence of crimes against children after discovering a youngster’s skull at the Haut de la Garenne home at the weekend.
More than 160 people have called police alleging they were victims of child abuse at the centre, it has emerged.
Jersey deputy police chief Lenny Harper said some children who lived at the home have not been accounted for.
Police are concentrating their search on a bricked-up room mentioned by victims as a site where abuse took place.
The room, which is about 12 feet square, produced an “extremely strong reaction” from the sniffer dog that found the skull, said Mr Harper.
Police are searching the room for a set of shackles victims say were used to restrain children.
Mr Harper said: “The initial look at what’s in there certainly corroborates some of the victims.
“I don’t wish to elaborate on what’s in there at the moment.”
“There is another room of the same size that appears to have been bricked up.
“Some of the bricking-up appears suspicious but there could be an innocent explanation for it.”
Forensic teams are investigating seven sites at the Haut de la Garenne, which is now a youth hostel.
Jersey Police have spoken to 200 victims and witnesses and said the abuse claims stretch back four decades.
Former residents have claimed that when the building was used as a care home they were raped, drugged and flogged.
Peter Hannaford, 59, a resident at Haut de la Garenne until the age of 12, claimed older children were encouraged by staff to attack and sexually assault him nearly every night.
Now a woman, who has asked to remain anonymous, has told a newspaper that in the 1970s staff would have drunken parties and select weak children to abuse.
She said she was locked in a tiny three metre by four metre “punishment room” and was subjected to “the most cruel, sadistic and evil acts”.
“It was the most serious forms of sexual abuse,” she said.
“The staff knew how to pick out the weak ones – I think they went through their records – and rape was rife in all ages, both boys and girls.”
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