Leah McGrath Goodman @truth_eater
NOT business as usual.
@JerseyInquiry should release report at 1 pm GST Monday to all, not some. Needs of survivors come first. #csainquiry
Leah McGrath Goodma@truth_eater
553 offenses heard in Jersey (UK) from 1947-2004 – more than half said to be at Haut de la Garenne children’s home
Dame Alun Roberts @ciabaudo
Jimmy Savile: I never visited Jersey
Inside latest Jersey dungeon Daily Star 29-03-08
Jersey home was a studio for an evil child-porn empire, the CD-ROMs know as the Zandvoort Files taken at Haut de la Garenne’s Aviemore wing.
Gerrit-Jan Ulrich (deceased) Child abuse: Jersey stinks of Zandvoort
Child abuse: Jersey stinks of Zandvoort
TORTURE CELLS & CHILD SKULL IN THE CONCRETE FLOOR OF A CHILDREN’S HOME IN JERSEY
9.3.08 – The Werkgroep Morkhoven’ preliminary inquiry shows 90% possibilities that the “Aviemore” section has been the first Zandvoort studio for black & white photographs of baby rapes. 160 former boarders have testified of abuse at Haut de la Garenne. All leads to believe some of the might be identified in the Zandvoort, which shows photographs of 90.081 victims, of which 70% a clearly criminal…
The “Jersey Industrial School” opened in 1867 in a three storey Victorian building; rue de la Pouclée-et-des-Quatre-Chemins, in St Martin, a small port of Jersey. It was aiming at welcoming 100 boarders from all parts of the island, which has no more than 118 square kilometres. It was an avant-garde project: the boys of Jersey would be able to follow primary school until they where 13, to become good farm and factory workers.
The school was renamed the “Home for Boys” in 1900 and offered its pupils carry on their schooling in a nearby naval training centre. Education was strict. Mothers would readily bring their children for a couple of days in the remanding wing, as punishment for having stolen a penny.
During the Second World War, the German army occupied the school as a signalling station. The level of the earth around the school was increased, in a way to block the ground floor windows, which became the cellar area, chopping of a storey from the Victorian building. The complaints of abuse were registered, but were not taken seriously and the islanders preferred to trust their local schools.
But St Martin had only around 3000 thousand inhabitants, and all its children, added to all Jersey’s orphans, only left 60 to fill the boarding school. The local girl’s school and the only crèche of the island where closed, the girls and the abandoned babies brought to the boys’ school, which was rebaptised “Haut de la Garenne”, French for upper rabbit warren.
The home was divided into four sections: ‘Aviemore’ for the babies; ‘Claymore’ for the young children; ‘Dunluce’ for the older ones and ‘Baintree’, the cellar area, where lived the “naughty children”. It was the lower part of rabbit warren, which shows Marc Dutroux as an amateur.
Over 160 former boarders have complained of maltreatments on a period of 40 years, until the closure of the school in 1986. The staff would find any excuse to lock the children naked, in the total darkness of a “punishment cell”, for hours, sometimes days. They were then taken to wash, having to lower the head, to pass through a small door that looked as that of a cupboard, but led to communal bath. The where dived in cold water, sometimes twenty at a time. They were then handcuffed and brought to one of the three joint torturing chambers, where the guests of the school’s staff, sometimes foreigners, were waiting for them.
– “The things that happened there are indescribable – the most cruel, sadistic and evil acts you could think of”, said a former pupil.
– “The abuse was anything from rape and torture. It was men and women who abused us. It happened every night and it happened to everyone”, said another.
Patricia Thornton: “It’s awful if it’s true but I saw no evidence of it when I was there. “A former boarder, arrived at the age of 12, said a caretaker was waking him up at night, telling him: “there is someone to see you”. He was bringing him to Senator Krichefski and introduced him in these words: “Here’s a boy for you, Sir”.
Senator Krichefski was at the head of several Jersey government committees. He was founding managing director of ITV’s Channel Television and founder of the Jersey Progressive Party whose successors still run the island. The children called him the Fat Man and he has been going to Haut de la Garenne until he died in 1974. He would introduce himself to his victims saying: “I’m going to teach you to be a good boy. You’ve been wicked and no one wants you. Your parents don’t want you – that’s why you’re here.’
Patricia Thornton aged 85 and retired in 1973 said: “It’s awful if it’s true but I saw no evidence of it when I was there. I just find it difficult to believe that all these horrible things were going on and I knew nothing about it”.
All the former pupils of Haut de la Garenne talk of children disappearing after having been snatched from their beds, of runaways who would have emigrated, which would only have been possible either by swimming, or with the help of a child trafficker. They also all talk of serial suicides, liable to be murders, which in any case leave the corps of a child as evidence. They talk of screaming and the banging they could hear from a room where a child was locked with adults. The next days, the child was found hanged at the branch of a tree. They believe in suicides, but it is very unlikely that a child has the strength, after a night of torture, to find a rope, climb at a tree and, without trembling, make the necessary sliding node to hang himself.
Eight senior officials have been of the home staff, but none of them had seen anything abnormal. In 1974 one of them, Charles Smith said: “The remand wing at Haut de la Garenne is the only place, other than prison, for juveniles on remand. At the home there are only two detention rooms and you cannot just lock up children for long periods.”
In 1981, the home employed 17 people, among which 2 part-time, for 40 children and was reported “uneconomical”. In 1986, there were only 30 children left, which supposes 2 per sadist. The little door of the torturing cells was bricked-up and the school closed.
The fight to have the case inquired took 60 years and luckily went through, mainly thanks to Senator Stuart Syvret (44) then Minister for Health and a Social Affairs who was only advised of the Haut de la Garenne practices in 2006.
The police officer Lenny Harper had worked in Belfast, Glasgow and London before he arrived in the island. He was taking a relatively limited risk, since he planned to retire in September 2008. He started a discreet an inquiry in April 2006. He studied all the complaints for child abuse related to Jersey’s institutions, comprising faults of procedure, having allowed alleged children rapists to escape from justice. Three monstrosities appeared.
The Victorian building had been abandoned, only used to featured as “Bureau des étrangers” in the television serial Bergerac.It was due to be transformed in a youth hostel, which has opened in 2004. The men working on the site found heavy shackles mounted on a wooden block. They could not be the only ones to be horrified, in such a small port. Yet, the authority failed to raise that it did not act of a normal school supply and the case was closed.
In parallel, a personality, which the press has not named, had prosecuted a Haut de la Garenne former boarder, under the charge of blackmail, for being threatened to be expose for having regularly abused him at the children’s home. The alleged victim was condemned for blackmail in 2003, and the alleged rapist was treated as a victim, without having to answer any question. What strikes in this cynics, is that it has not been invented by Jersey, but by the Zandvoort network. The first case known was 1982, when Michel Krief had shown one of its French branches. The second case known was in 1992, when the leader the Werkgroep Morkhoven was on the traces of Belgian, Dutch and Portuguese branches.
The third scandalous Jersey case had happened Victoria College to whom the Haut de la Garenne was supplying young recruits. The maths teacher, Andrew Jervis-Dykes, was jailed in 1999 for indecently assaulting six pupils who he plied with alcohol then abused in their beds during Naval Combined Cadet Force yachting.He had pleaded guilt and was condemned to four years prison, as an isolated predator, as are all the members of the Zandvoort network, which includes Marc Dutroux.
But in Jersey, Stephen Sharp, a former chief education officer, had made a report, showing that Jack Hydes, headmaster of the naval school, had instructed his staff not to discuss allegations of child-abuse of the maths teacher, which had surfaced in 1992, then in 1994 and failed to notify the police. If the correct procedure had been followed, Jervis-Dykes would have been suspended and perhaps arrested in 1992. It would have protected six young recruits from being raped in 1999.
In June 2007, Senator Syvret asked the government why such a report had been kept secret. The Senator Verbert, Education Minister, answered the head-teacher and deputy had been punished by dismissal. The decision not to publish the report was taken to “protect those children”.
Senator Syvret was not satisfied with the answer and exposed the report that been promised to make public. The government sacked him on 11 September 2007, following a vote of ‘no confidence’, betraying the exasperation of all the senior officials who becomes deaf, dumb and blind as they face the sexual exploitation of children.
Two months later, Officer Harper launched an international campaign to ask the former pupils of Haut de la Garenne if they ever noticed anything wrong. The answer was massive.
Eddy, the most famous British sniffer dog who spots the smell of death through concrete, had arrived. He traced the skull of a child, which was taken out of a cement cover on 23 February 2008. He has also smelled death through the bricked-up door, which hid the communal bath, the torture chambers and more shackles.
Senator Walker, Chief Minister, accuses Senator Syvret of incompetence, assuring he had “produced no evidence”, as if the report had not been enough damning to show the cover-up of a scandal by senior officials.
There are 90% possibilities that Scotland Yard will identify former residents of Haut de la Garenne among the 90.081 victims of child pornography and acts of barbarism in Zandvoort file. Everything fits with its worst pictures: The forty years period of during which the crimes were committed, thus could explain the black and white photographs as well as ones in colour. Further more, the described perversity of the staff allow supposing that ‘Aviemore’ might have been a ‘Zandvoort photo studio’ because the places liable to provide so many black and white pictures of Northern babies as they are raped are rare.
Officer Harper will certainly inquire the possibility of meeting between the Senators Krichefski and Brongersma, Dutch member of the Zandvoort network, who used to buy pictures of such crimes. Both senators are of the same generation and of the same social class. Both had settled the same system of sexual exploitation of children in state institutions and obtained the same judicial dysfunctions, as everywhere the network passes.
Jersey is ideal for this kind of industry. It is an Anglo-Norman island, ruled by an oligarchy, neither part of the United Kingdom, nor the European Union, which enables it to avoid a lot of controls. It is paradise to evade taxes, offering a privileged holiday destination, discreet and unavailable without a solid bank account. St Martin is a port, like two other ports involved in the network: Zandvoort and Madeira. It is easier for children to “run off and emigrate”.
A trapdoor leading down to a windowless room holding a single chair, and shackles were discovered during the refurbishment of the care home at the centre of the Jersey child abuse scandal, it has been claimed.
The sinister findings were allegedly uncovered four years ago when the property Haut de la Garenne in the east of the island was converted into a youth hostel after lying empty for 18 years.
The building, where a human skull was unearthed on Saturday, is the subject of an intense police search operation amid fears that the bodies of up to seven children could be buried there.
Two builders working on the site spoke of the alleged finds but the shackle claim was strenuously denied by a Jersey government source.
Robert Boutillier, one of the builders working at the home said: “We found some things that would send a chill down your spine.
“We found some shackles lying around the grounds.
“I picked them up. They were heavy shackles mounted on a wooden block. It was gruesome.
“We also found a pile of about five large canes. They had been removed from inside the building.”
Another builder from Houze Construction, who did not want to be named, said: “It was spooky, I felt like the place was haunted.
“There were shackles lying around. God knows what else was in there, I shudder to think.
“In one room there was a trapdoor leading down to this room which was pitch black. Inside was just this chair. I felt sick.”
But a government source insisted: “Nothing of that nature at all was found at the site.”
Police teams have focused on the home’s bricked-up cellar but were forced to suspend work over fears the structure may collapse. But forensic specialists will return to the scene on Wednesday.
News of the alleged findings came as child abuse offences – and claims that they were covered up – were linked to the island’s top public school and another Jersey care home.
Maths teacher Andrew Jervis-Dykes was jailed in April 1999 for indecently assaulting six pupils at Victoria College who he plied with alcohol then abused in their beds during Naval Combined Cadet Force yachting trips between 1984 and 1993.
According to an independent report into the case, allegations about Jervis-Dykes surfaced in 1992 then again in 1994. Both times, the school’s headmaster Jack Hydes failed to notify the police or investigate further, the report said.
Former chief education officer of Buckinghamshire, Stephen Sharp, who conducted the inquiry, said Mr Hydes instructed his staff not to discuss the allegations.
He accused Mr Hydes and his deputy Piers Bakers – who was in charge of pupils alongside Jervis-Dykes on one yachting trip – of putting the interests of the college and supporting a colleague above protecting its pupils. The pair subsequently resigned from the school.
“If the correct procedure had been followed, it is most likely that Jervis-Dykes would have been suspended and perhaps arrested in 1992,” Mr Sharp said.
Senator Stuart Syvret, who is highly critical of the Jersey government’s record on child protection, accused officials of sweeping the issue under the carpet and demanded to know why the report had been kept secret.
“The reaction of the political establishment was to sweep this under the carpet and keep the veneer of respectability.
“This is just another example of concealment and cover up. They did the bare minimum, prosecuted one perpetrator.”
The Education Minister Senator Mike Verbert said the headteacher and deputy had been punished by dismissal. He defended keeping the report private: “The decision not to publish the report was taken to protect those children.”
Mr Syvret said he would write to Justice Minister Jack Straw later this week to ask for independent judges to oversee any possible prosecution in relation to Haut de la Garenne.
“I am going to ask him – in relation to the current child protection controversy – to appoint independent judges and prosecution,” he said.
Mr Syvret claimed there was evidence of abuse at schools and care homes across the island.
Another inquiry focused on Jersey’s elite Victoria College after the head of maths, Andrew Jervis-Dykes, was jailed for four years in April 1999 for indecently assaulting a pupil. In his report, Stephen Sharp, a former chief education officer for Buckinghamshire, criticised senior staff and school governors, who included bailiff Sir Philip Bailhache, for failing to act speedily or adequately. It had taken 15 years for the teacher to be caught and Sharp concluded: “The handling of the complaint was more consistent with protecting a member of staff and the college’s reputation than safeguarding the best interests of pupils.”
PRINCESS ANNE IN JERSEY 1972 – Sea Cadets and Victoria College
Jersey, Channel Islands, the tax haven just off the French coast, welcomed Princess Anne, arriving on the royal yacht Britannia, for a short Royal Tour. Her Royal Highness opened a new science wing at Victoria College
STATES police officers tried to cover up abuse allegations against an ex-Victoria College teacher, a former detective has claimed.
Speaking at the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, Anton Cornelissen said he began investigating claims into abuse by former teacher Andrew Jervis-Dykes in 1996 but that he was hampered as several members of the force attempted to hide the abuse allegations.
Mr Cornelissen claimed that crucial evidence went missing and was subsequently found in a colleague’s locker.
He also alleged that a former deputy head of the school, John Le Breton, who had left the college and become a Jurat, intervened by complaining to the Law Officers’ Department when an arrest warrant was issued.
The panel heard that Jurat Le Breton allegedly questioned the facts of the case and asked the Law Officers not to issue a warrant.
Mr Cornelissen said: ‘He had sight of it [the warrant] and he disputed the facts. I think he complained to the Attorney General or the Bailiff over the facts of the case to try to get the warrant stopped.’
Mr Cornelissen also claimed that when Mr Le Breton was still deputy head, he had been told about alleged abuse by a pupil but had not done anything and had ‘in effect bullied at least one pupil to not make a complaint against Andrew Jervis-Dykes’.
The inquiry yesterday entered a new phase in which it will examine the handling of the 2008 police investigation into historical sexual abuse, named Operation Rectangle.
Mr Cornelissen, who is originally from the UK, moved to Jersey in 1993 and was seconded to the Child Protection Team in 1996.
He began investigating claims that Jervis-Dykes had abused several pupils, but said that the only person who supported the investigation was Barry Faudemer, the then head of the Child Protection Team.
He added that many of his colleagues in the force were ex-Victoria College pupils who did not want their school ‘dragged through the mud’ and therefore did not offer any support to the investigation.
Mr Cornelissen said that a short-time later, his secondment was ended when he refused to pass on confidential information about the Victoria College investigation to another colleague – Derek Upton – who was not part of the inquiry.
The case was dropped shortly after Detective Sergeant Roger Pryke took over the Child Protection Team.
However, Mr Cornelissen, who has since retired, and Mr Faudemer began reinvestigating the case about a year later, but claimed that many of the problems remained.
He said: ‘It harped back to the old thing that “we don’t want Victoria College investigated”.’
He added that he was ‘mortified’ to think that potential victims had not been contacted in a year after he was taken off the initial investigation.
During the second stage of the Victoria College inquiry, Mr Cornelissen claimed that evidence went missing from his desk, including pictures, slides and an index box containing vital witness information. He said that the index box was later found in Roger Pryke’s locker.
Mr Cornelissen said: ‘The index box was very important because up to that point there was nowhere else that had the victim witness details, and I had made a summary.
‘It was a crucial bit of evidence and of course it went missing.
‘I don’t know how it ended up in Roger Pryke’s locker – it was in a large brown evidence sack.’
Jervis-Dykes was jailed for four years in 1999.
Jurat John Lyndon Le Breton who is an evidenced mate and dinner chum of one of the defendant newspaper’s senior directors and has been for years allowed by the Bailiff’s Office to decide on evidence in our defamation case. Not to mention, of course, Le Breton also being a ‘man’ put forward by a former Education President to become said Jurat (lay judge) despite having been proven to happily look the other way on evidence against his predatory paedophile friend and Victoria College colleague Andrew Jervis-Dykes.
Postcards from Jersey, including one of Gorey Castle, next to Haut de la Garenne home. Children from Islington home were sent to Jersey.
I met the frightened policeman at an isolated country restaurant, many miles from his home and station. Detective Constable Peter Cook had finally despaired, and decided to blow the whistle to a reporter.
He was risking his career, so made me scribble my notes into a tiny pad beneath the tablecloth.
He had uncovered a vicious child sex ring, with victims in both Britain and the Channel Islands, and he wanted me to get his information to police abuse specialists in London.
Incredibly, he claimed that his superiors had barred him from alerting them.
He feared a cover-up: many ring members were powerful and wealthy. But I did not think him paranoid: I specialised in exposing child abuse scandals and knew, from separate sources, of men apparently linked to this ring.
They included an aristocrat, clerics and a social services chief. Their friends included senior police officers.
Repeatedly, inquiries by junior detectives were closed down, so I, a journalist, was asked to convey confidential information from one police officer to others.
Concerned police secretly confirmed that several Islington workers were believed “networkers”, major operators in the supply of children for abuse and pornography.
Some of these were from the Channel Islands or regularly took Islington children there on unofficial visits. In light of the grisly discoveries at Haut de la Garenne, the link now seems significant,
Abraham Jacobs had worked at both Islington and Lambeth Care Homes and was known to Margaret Hodge, Jack Straw and Ted Knight.
President of the National Union of Students, a barrister who served on Islington Council and adviser to minister Barbara Castle.
Mr Straw was deputy to former Labour leader Margaret Hodge on Islington Council in the early 1970s
Islington councillor 1971-1978
In 1971, he was elected as a Labour councillor in the London Borough of Islington, a position he held until 1978.
Barbara Castle: the Labour Margaret Thatcher
Mr Straw moved to London and studied for his Bar exams. In 1972, and still involved with the Labour Party, he became in rapid succession a councillor on Islington Council, where he served alongside an Alderman called Ted Castle, husband of the legendary Labour Cabinet minister Barbara Castle, and deputy leader of the Inner London Education Authority.
Jack Straw’s brother, William Straw, an Open University administrator, found guilty of indecent assault on girl
The conviction is a further embarrassment to the Home Secretary who is overseeing a government crackdown on sex offenders.
HRH Crafty Muvva @craftymuvva
Any idea whereabouts this ring operated? (Holland, Gibson, Irwin, Page & Norman): 1979 Possibly North London?
CLOSED FOR 84 YEARS
James Arthur Holland, David Andrew Gibson, Samuel Irwin, Francis Lambert Page and Norman Vincent Wade: variously charged with buggery, indecent assault and gross indecency
1979 Jan 01 – 1979 Dec 31
FOI decision date 2011
Record opening date 01 January 2064
David Andrew Gibson – Mayor Arthur Bell’s chauffeur faces sack after ‘sex with boys’ case Islington Gazette 16-11-79
James Arthur Holland and John Devereux Youatt: charged with conspiracy to murder,…
James Arthur Holland and John Devereux Youatt: charged with conspiracy to murder, conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm with intent, conspiracy to indecently assault male children and conspiracy to assault with intent to commit buggery
A CONVICTED sex offender has been banned by a court from having unsupervised contact with girls.
John Youatt, aged 68, was allegedly caught in a car with an 11-year-old female in breach of a previous court order.
Prosecutors said he was banned from contacting boys but admitted that the document was ambiguous about girls.
Youatt, who has been on remand for a month, appeared at Plymouth Crown Court from Exeter Prison via videolink.
The defendant, of Coltishall Close, Ernesettle, denied breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order between November 2013 and last month.
He was allegedly in company of the girl in a private vehicle without her parents.
The indefinite order was imposed in 2010 by a judge at city magistrates for indecency with a 12-year-old boy in Plymouth.
He was sentenced to five and a half years in prison at Exeter Crown Court in 1999.
Nigel Hall, for the Crown Prosecution Service, offered no evidence against Youatt on the breach.
He added: “Because of the ambiguity in the order, the Crown’s view is that it would be difficult to convince the jury that there has been a breach.
“The important thing is that all children and young people are protected by this order.”
Mr Hall added that Youatt did not oppose changing the order to clearly include girls.
Judge Ian Lawrie recorded a not guilty verdict on the breach and ruled that the order be changed.
Youatt will now be released from prison.
Plymouth sex offender banned from unsupervised contact with children
A SEX offender has been banned by a court from having unsupervised contact with children.
Plymouth magistrates put a sexual offences prevention order on 63-year-old John Youatt after hearing teenage boys had been visiting his home in Ernesettle.
Youatt, of Coltishall Close, did not contest the order, which will run indefinitely.
He was sentenced to five and a half years in jail in 1999 by a judge at Exeter Crown Court for indecency with a 12-year-old in Plymouth.
Magistrates ruled an order was necessary to protect the public from serious sexual harm.
The four prohibitions ban him being in the company of anybody under 18 in public or in private, excepting on public transport.
He is also prevented from contacting or attempting to contact anybody under that age by any means save in the course of a ‘legitimate business transaction’.
Youatt must not ‘sleep, remain or reside’ in any home where there is a child unless with the express permission of the authorities or the parents — and those parents must have prior knowledge of his previous convictions.
He is also banned from taking part in any recreational or voluntary activity which is likely to lead to unsupervised contact with boys under the age of 18.
Tom Bradnock, applying for the order on behalf of Devon & Cornwall Police, told the court that Youatt had ‘been in the company of teenage boys at his home address’.
Andrew Cooper, for Youatt, confirmed he would not contest the order.
Youatt is already signing the Sex Offenders’ Register.
Perverted writer jailed
A writer who planned to kidnap, torture, and sadistically kill young boys for sexual pleasure was jailed for 10 years at the Old Bailey.
James Holland, 58, of Finsbury Park, London, was also convicted of plotting to assault indecently boys under 16, and to assault boys under 16 with intent to commit buggery.
His friend, John Youatt, 39, of Exeter, Devon, was jailed for three years.
He was acquitted of plotting to murder boys, but convicted of the other charges.
July 8, 2017
Call for politician to resign
A SERVING politician found to have lied to the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry should resign if the States is to maintain the confidence of Islanders, according to one of his backbench colleagues.
This week the inquiry panel concluded in their report that former Home Affairs Minister Deputy Andrew Lewis had lied under oath while giving evidence to them about the suspension of ex-police chief Graham Power.
They also found he had lied to the States about the matter.
Unlike members of the public, States Members cannot be prosecuted for perjury for lying to the Assembly or an inquiry.
However, Deputy Jackie Hilton, who represents the same district – St Helier No 3 and 4 – as Deputy Lewis, believes that that is not good enough and that her political colleague has damaged the reputation of the Assembly.
‘I do not want to be tarred with the same brush.
‘If we want to maintain the confidence of the public in the States Assembly there is only one thing Deputy Andrew Lewis can do,’ she said.
Deputy Lewis has always denied lying and says he made three factual errors when talking on the record about the suspension, none of which were deliberate and all of which he has since corrected.
The Privileges and Procedures Committee, which deals with alleged breaches of the States Members’ code of conduct, is currently looking into the matter.
Asked this week to clarify which document he had been referring to when he wrongly said he had seen a Metropolitan Police report which supported Mr Power’s suspension, the Deputy said it was a letter from former States chief executive Bill Ogley, which attached a report from the then deputy police chief containing extracts from the Met Police report.
Deputy Hilton, who was present in the States during the in-camera debate on the suspension during which Deputy Lewis is said to have lied, said, however, that the inquiry had supported its conclusions with clear evidence. She added that the Deputy’s evidence to the inquiry included ‘massive contradictions’.
‘He [Deputy Lewis] should step down as a States Member in my personal opinion,’ said Deputy Hilton.
Woman reveals Jimmy Savile tried to molest her at Jersey care home
4th July 2017
A woman has revealed how Jimmy Savile tried to molest her at a Jersey care home years before he was unmasked as a paedophile.
Sex abuse victim Madeleine Vibert, 57, was a teenager when the TV presenter visited the infamous Haut de la Garenne children’s home in the early 1970s.
She told Sky News: “He visited us several times, around Easter each year, and wanted us to join him on his charity walks.
Ms Vibert said she told police about Savile during a police investigation 10 years ago and he denied visiting the home, but an old photograph in the Jersey Evening Post newspaper proved he had.
Detectives investigated complaints about Savile’s Jersey visits from the time, but found no evidence to prosecute him.
Ms Vibert escaped the TV star’s attentions, but was regularly sexually and physically abused by staff and visitors during 14 years at Haut de la Garenne.
She gave evidence to the independent inquiry which this week published a damning report on decades of abuse at Jersey’s children’s homes.
She said: “It was a brutal regime. If you wet the bed at night they would make you get up and wash the sheets and hang them out to dry. If you were caught talking you would have to stand outside the dormitory for hours.
“If you were really naughty you are locked up in a cell, what they called a secure room, for several days with a potty for a toilet. Often you were naked and everyone could see you through the window.”
She and others were regularly picked out for sexual abuse, often taken to an office without any explanation. If they complained, nothing was done.
She said: “I complained to other staff, to people at the Children’s Service department in St Helier and others, but nobody listened.
“They said: ‘Don’t make up such stories, no-one else is complaining’. So I just stopped. At first I was angry, but then I said to the others that we just had to be strong for each other.”
Ms Vibert said she ran away many times, sleeping in garden sheds, but was always found and put in a police cell before being taken back to the home where she would be punished and often left with bruises.
Her terrible life at Haut de la Garenne, where her younger sister also lived for many years, is described in her book They Stole My Innocence which was published last year.
She said: “There was a sort of swimming pool in the basement where they told us to get in and where up to ten men were always waiting to abuse us.
“If you kicked and screamed to avoid going in they would tie you to a wooden chair and abuse you anyway.”
More survivors report abuse after Care Inquiry findings published
Cassandra Cogno @CassandraCognoWhy isn’t Gorst acting to suspend Deputy Andrew Lewis?
(For ease this has been broken down by chapter below)
Volume 2 – Addressing the Terms of Reference
Volume 3 – Recommendations and Appendices
Appendix 6 The Bullock & Parker Report
Appendix 7 Legislation Study by Richard Whitehead
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The findings of the investigation into historical child abuse in Jersey are due to be published on July 3rd.
Wednesday, 28 June 2017
Statement of Former Deputy Chief Police Officer Lenny Harper.
Former DCO Lenny Harper.
“With the report of the Committee of Inquiry being delivered on 3rd July I have over the past few weeks been contacted by various media outlets in the United Kingdom and Jersey. Each of them has asked if I would be willing to speak to them when the report is delivered.
Whilst none of us know what will be contained within the report, I feel more confident in being able to predict the different ways in which the contents will be dealt with by media in the UK and the local media in Jersey.
Jersey’s media, and admittedly some have been worse than others, have continually sought to protect the image of the Jersey establishment to the detriment of the abuse survivors. There have been many ways in which they have sought to do this. One of the most used tactics has been to discredit anyone who was seen to be acting in the best interests of the abuse victims and survivors. By smearing and attempting to discredit myself and others, vested interests have ignored and trivialised the sufferings of the abused.
I find it inconceivable that the horrific abuse suffered by children through the decades in Jersey could have been covered up, both pre and post Operation Rectangle without at least the tacit complicity of the main stream media in Jersey.
I have witnessed at firsthand how actions of mine have been deliberately misrepresented and how evidence which did not suit the agenda of the Jersey media has been ignored, twisted, or just plain perverted. Only through the blogs of Voice For Children, Rico Sorda, Stuart Syvret, and other public journalists has the truth emerged. There are numerous examples of this but I will mention only a few.
Despite all the evidence to the contrary, and in denial of the facts, the Jersey media still insist on referring to the coconut myth. Evidence that the item concerned was never conclusively identified as a coconut and indeed, was even found to contain collagen, (only found in mammals) has been ignored. The evidence of a respected Professor who stated that the bones found had been burnt and buried whilst fresh and fleshed has been totally ignored. Even a few weeks ago a media source in Jersey was asking me about this nonsense.
The fiasco of the BDO Alto report was a stunning example of how the establishment went to great lengths to deflect from the abuse and the evidence of the survivors by discrediting myself and others. The Scrutiny Report was scathing in its condemnation of the behaviour of the Jersey media, elements of the States, and of course Mr Gradwell and Mr Warcup. What happened to the Chair of that Scrutiny Panel, Trevor Pitman, was intended by the Jersey establishment to be a stark lesson to all who dare to challenge their version of history on behalf of the abused.
More recently we have had the desperate attempts to discredit me and by extension the abuse survivors by the efforts to somehow link me to the criticism by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (Operation Belfong) of the States of Jersey Police in its failings regarding Data Protection issues and much more from 2009 onwards. This despite me leaving the force in 2008 and being told by the PSNI that I did not feature in its investigation, which is why they declined my invitation to be interviewed as part of that investigation.
It was perhaps an unfortunate “oversight” that the Inquiry Terms of Reference did not include how the Jersey mainstream media was able to manipulate public opinion to try and turn it against the survivors and those acting on their behalf.
For all of these reasons and more, I have decided before knowing what is contained in the report, and no matter what is, that I will not be speaking to the mainstream media in Jersey. Should the public journalists that I have mentioned above wish to speak to me I will of course agree to do so. I will also be happy to speak to United Kingdom media sources.
24th June 2017″
Jersey’s historical child abuse inquiry findings delayed
Jersey’s inquiry into historical child abuse won’t now report back this year.
The final report is now expected by March 2017.
The Panel of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry on Thursday (9 March) released the following statement:
“The Panel has received new information as part of Phase 3 of its work, in respect of recommendations for the future of Jersey’s childcare system.
“The Panel has advised the States of Jersey that there will be a delay to the publication of the report pending examination of the new information as to whether it affects the recommendations we intend to make.
“We do not anticipate extensive delays. We will announce the date of the report’s publication in due course and advise on the arrangements that will be in place for its launch.”
Child Abuse Inquiry on Top Tax Shelter Jersey Island Delayed Again
Apr 6 2017
Updated | In 2008, police unearthed the remains of at least 10 children, ages 6 to 12 years old, under a shuttered residential care home, on the island of Jersey—a territory of the British Crown, off the coast of France.
Since then, the scandal has roiled the island, as survivors and activists have clashed with Jersey’s government to find out why hundreds of children who reported being subjected to sexual and violent attacks by more than 150 alleged abusers for decades went largely ignored. Many of the accused are still alive and among the island’s top officials and business leaders, yet the vast majority have never been investigated or punished.
Those accused include British disc jockey Jimmy Savile and, more recently, former U.K. Prime Minister Ted Heath. Both men, now deceased, were fond of traveling to Jersey and inviting orphaned children on sailboat rides. A few of the island’s residents who witnessed these rides have reported some of the children never returned.
A Newsweek cover story in 2014, “Treasure Island,” highlighted how Jersey’s status as a $2 trillion tax shelter, catering to many of the world’s biggest banks, had “allowed corruption to flourish to such an extent that those seeking to combat it are the ones open to scorn,” according to Lenny Harper, former deputy chief of police who led the dig in 2008. Those working to uncover crimes against children on the island (which appear to date back to at least World War II, when the Nazis took over Jersey), were publicly smeared in the island’s government-funded newspaper, fired from their jobs, sued, gagged by legal order and even imprisoned for speaking out.
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Now, a $28.4 million (£22.6 million) inquiry by a U.K. judge into the island’s decades of child abuse may allow Jersey to put behind it one of the darkest periods of its recent history. That is, if the inquiry’s three-member panel is able to release its report without any further delay or interference. The final document, expected out last December, was held up a second time in March for unknown reasons. The release date is now expected to be sometime in April. “This all could have been done and dusted years ago if the island hadn’t repeatedly put its reputation ahead of the abuse survivors,” says Carrie Modral, a Jersey resident and survivor who has led the campaign to get to the truth about what happened and why it was ignored for decades.
Modral, now 54, was sent as a toddler to the residential care home where police found children’s remains, called Haut de la Garenne—one of the homes visited frequently by Savile. She was just 3 years old. She was there in the 1960s, and remembers Haut de la Garenne as “overcrowded and very strict.” (The home was closed by Jersey’s government in the 1980s, but some victims say organized child abuse continued there for years afterward. It is now a youth hostel.)
Modral says she remained in government-run care homes in Jersey until she was 18, when she fled to London to escape her rapist, an older man living on the island. He had been sent to jail once for sexually abusing her and other minors, she tells Newsweek, “But when he got out he came after me again. The police didn’t care. They made you feel disbelieved and dirty. I was just a kid in care; I was a nobody. I packed my bag and left.”
A mother of two and grandmother to six, Modral eventually returned to the island and has been fighting for decades to expose the truth about how vulnerable children were treated in Jersey. During the police investigation in 2008, Operation Rectangle, nearly 200 people came forward from as far as Australia to report being abused when they were children growing up in Jersey. Of the 151 suspects named, at least 30 are now dead, according to a release issued by the States of Jersey Police when the investigation closed in 2010.
The inquiry into the island has included testimony from dozens who say they were raped, beaten, locked up, taken from their beds at night, loaned out for day trips where they were abused, and subjected to such extreme violence that they feared for their lives. Many reported being taken as children onto boats and yachts into international waters, where they were raped. Children who resisted or tried to get help reported being drugged, put into solitary confinement or sent to the local mental hospital or subjected to further violence. Some reported witnessing kids commit suicide at places like Haut de la Garenne. One survivor who published a book about his time at Haut de la Garenne says he witnessed another child (who was trying to fight off his abuser) boiled alive.
Since the summer of 2014, the inquiry’s panel, led by Judge Frances Oldham, has heard testimony from more than 200 witnesses who say they experienced abuse in the island’s foster and residential care homes from 1945 on. Abuse frequently took place in other locations, according to the island’s police, such as within the Jersey Sea Cadets, a nautical youth charity, but the government-funded inquiry focused strictly on government-run foster and care homes. According to the judge, the purpose of the final report is to “establish the truth about what happened to children in residential and foster homes, how mistreatment of children remained hidden for so long and what was done when concerns were raised.”
To this day, the island’s government is still fighting many of the abuse allegations. As of February 2017, the total cost of the three-year inquiry included more than $8.3 million (£6.6 million) of legal fees incurred by Jersey’s government to pay a team it hired to defend itself against allegations leveled by hundreds of the abuse survivors. Between 2012 and 2015, Jersey paid nearly $2.7 million (£2.1 million) to more than 100 survivors abused for decades in its residential care and foster homes. Maximum payment for an individual was about $75,000 (£60,000).
What now concerns survivors like Modral most is that the reasons for the report’s delays have not been made clear to them. And perhaps more troubling, there is reason to believe that the inquiry’s panel may be working with Jersey’s government on the final report, which would break a key promise made by the judge when she adjourned the inquiry in June 2016. At the time, Oldham emphasized that, in the interest of being “open and transparent” she would not engage in contact with anyone, including Jersey’s government, before publishing the final report, since it “would be inappropriate.” Yet in a release issued on March 9, the inquiry stated its report would be delayed for a second time because it had received “new information” from a source it would not name that could affect its final recommendations about the future of Jersey’s child-care system.
During a parliamentary question-and-answer session with Jersey’s chief minister (the island’s de facto president) in mid-March, some of the island’s elected leaders demanded to know if the government had been in touch with the inquiry panelists, who were supposed to be working independently. In response, Jersey’s Chief Minister Ian Gorst, declined to confirm there had been no further contact between the government and the panelists. A few days later, in an interview with the BBC Jersey, he said it was those running the inquiry, not Jersey’s government, who had initiated contact, not the other way around. “Nobody within the States, as far as I’m aware under the information that I have, made contact with the panel,” he said. “But the panel—again, I don’t know the details—have asked for clarification of certain matters in the report-writing stage.” He did not elaborate on what those clarifications were, when the inquiry first made contact, or with whom.
When reached by Newsweek about what new information the inquiry was seeking at such a late stage, who it came from and what the nature of it was, the inquiry’s spokeswoman, Angharad Shurmer said that Judge Oldham indicated “no further details are available in respect of this information.” Shurmer added that a new release date for the inquiry’s final report will be announced “in due course.” Gorst says the report may be out around Easter, but also noted that he has yet to be informed of an exact date.
For the survivors, many of whom must emotionally prepare for the report’s release, the inquiry’s delays have been incredibly frustrating. “It’s the opposite of open and transparent,” says Modral. “After working so hard to gain the trust of the survivors for this inquiry, to have so many delays without any plausible explanation is extremely damaging.”
Gorst has urged a speedy release of the inquiry’s report, noting that Jersey must take lessons from its past to ensure such large-scale abuses against children never happen again. In a statement emailed to Newsweek, he said: “The Jersey Care Inquiry has given a voice to victims and I would like to thank those people for their courage in coming forward to tell their stories. Our priority now is to respond to the recommendations from the Inquiry to ensure that our young people are protected, both now and in the future.”
Alan Collins, a partner at London law firm Hugh James, which represents more than 80 survivors of child abuse—including Modral—is also concerned about the delays. “If the report doesn’t come out soon,” he tells Newsweek, “I am afraid the inquiry may start to have some credibility problems.”
Collins says he’s still hopeful the inquiry into Jersey’s child abuse will be one of the most comprehensive ever released in the British Isles. “This report should be on the desk of anyone dealing with systemic child abuse, from governments to health and social services to law enforcement officials,” he says. “Jersey’s got ongoing problems, but it’s not unique. It’s a microcosm of a lot of other places, and we can learn from it.”
Correction: A previous version of this story stated Modral says she remained in government-run care homes in Jersey until she was 17. It was until she was 18. A previous version of this story also stated that between 2012 and 2015, Jersey paid money to survivors of its residential care and foster homes, and that the maxium payment was $60,000. It was £60,000.
Voice for Children blog comments:
What everyone now reading reports such as the JEP’s on the Graham Power hearing should remember is that there is hardly anything at all new in what Mr Power has revealed about the disgraceful machinations of the Jersey Establishment. That the MSM are now reporting such things is simply because the Inquiry and those brave few who fought for it have forced them to. The question that should be asked is given Jersey’s ‘media’ had Mr Power’s huge statement years ago why didn’t they publish the truth then?
Indeed, the fact is that Graham Power produced very little, or nothing new, whilst giving his evidence to the Inquiry. A great deal of what he had to say was produced in his affidavit years ago which was published on this Blog HERE.
It was also made a public document by former Deputy Bob Hill as a part of his proposition P.166 (forgotten the year). The State Media were burying all this stuff back then and it was the Bloggers who were publishing it. It is only now, some five, or so, years later that the MSM is reporting, what we were reporting back then.
An ex resident of Haut de la Garenne Childrens Home claims he saw children from the home being taken on to Heaths yacht and came back crying. There have been allegations that 11 boys left on Heaths boat and only ten returned when he went out with Savile. This was reported to the police with a Jersey Senator but nothing was done
Latest: Jersey Care Inquiry
16 January 2015
Jersey’s Care Inquiry has heard from a witness today who backs up claims that disgraced TV Presenter Jimmy Savile was in Jersey in 1976 when he denied he was.
‘Mr D’ was 15 years old when Savile visited Jersey children’s home Haut de la Garenne and had a photograph taken with a group of children.
Mr D says he was “too withdrawn” to ask to be in the photograph himself. But he says he saw a group of children pose for the photograph with Savile by the swimming pool.
This is the second witness to claim Jimmy Savile visited Haut de la Garenne.
Yesterday a man claimed he was sexually assaulted by Jimmy Savile during an outing with the care home.
He said Savile took him aside after the photograph was taken..
It has also now emerged that Savile visited the infamous Haut de la Garenne care home on the island of Jersey. Savile sued The Sun in 2008 to cover this up and to prevent the publication of a photograph which allegedly shows Savile in the company of children at the care home. As a consequence the paper had to withdraw the article and the photograph, but the picture is still widely available on the net and the story, though not the picture, has been published by both The Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mail
The current Jersey Inquiry into child abuse has heard that Jersey Senator Wilfred Krichefski raped a 12-year-old boy in the staff room of the Haut de la Garenne children’s home.
Senator Wilfred Krichefski carried out the attack with another man known as ‘The Old Posh Gent’.
On Jersey, Senator Wilfred Krichefski served as president of the Harbours and Airport committee and later as president of the Defence committee with responsibility for the police
Paul Every was the commanding officer of Jersey Sea Cadets who was arrested as part of Operation Ore for serious crimes against children but not suspended by the Jersey Sea Cadets.
Postcards link Islington care home children to scene of notorious Jersey sex abuse
The postcards provide solid evidence that children from Islington’s homes in the 1970s were sent on trips to Jersey, in an exchange programme with children from the notorious Haut de la Garenne home, where widespread abuse took place.
A former circuit judge has been warned that he faces jail after pleading guilty to downloading pornographic pictures of boys.
16 June 2004
David Selwood, a 69-year-old father of four from Winchester, appeared at Bow Street magistrates court in London yesterday and admitted 13 counts of making and possessing indecent images of children.
Mr Selwood resigned on health grounds on June 2, two months after he was arrested. In the course of his eight years as resident judge at Portsmouth crown court, he dealt with many cases of child abuse and pornography, including those resulting from Operation Ore, the recent police crackdown on online child pornography.
Islington Devil-worshipper with Pentangle tattoo on head raped teen in ‘satanic chamber
Would that have been a council-owned property Satan-obssessive Evangelou moved into c.1977/78 in Islington c.40 yrs ago then?
Islington paedophile Edwin George Peggs records closed for 84 years
[Name withheld] (juvenile, aged 16): murder of Edwin George PEGGS on 4 September 1977 in London N1 by stabbing. Convicted of manslaughter.
|Note:||The naming of a defendant within this catalogue does not imply guilt.|
|Date:||1977 Jan 01 – 1978 Dec 31|
|Held by:||The National Archives, Kew|
|Former reference in its original department:||9417/77|
|Legal status:||Public Record(s)|
|Closure status:||Closed Or Retained Document, Closed Description|
|Access conditions:||Closed For 84 years|
|FOI decision date:||2009|
|Exemption 1:||Personal information where the applicant is a 3rd party|
|Exemption 2:||Children and Young Persons Act 2001|
|Record opening date:||01 January 2063|
|Edwin Peggs||50 years Old, Islington. He picked up a 16 yr old boy whom he took to his flat. When Peggs tried to seduce the boy, the boy killed him in a gruesome manner. The boy later stole articles from the flat. He was convicted of the murder.|
Islington kids’ homes scandal: Shame of ex-mayor Sandy Marks’ pro-paedophile past – Politics – Islington Gazette
Islington kids’ homes scandal: Shame of ex-mayor Sandy Marks’ pro-paedophile past
Islington kids’ homes scandal: Shame of ex-mayor Sandy Marks’ pro-paedophile past – Politics – Islington Gazette
Survivors of the horrific child abuse scandal that rocked Islington Council in the 1990s have called for police to lead a fresh inquiry as the Gazette today publishes explosive new revelations.
‘Heath July 1976 at the Royal Channel Island Yacht Club
Sir Edward Heath does feature as part of Operation Whistle, currently investigating historical allegations of abuse in Jersey.’
Investigations into claims that police socialised with suspected paedophiles at a Jersey yacht club “came to a dead end” when the police chief was denied access to the yacht club registers, which would have shown who was present at gatherings.
Graham Power was in charge when the police investigation into historical child abuse began in 2006. He said there were reports that children were abused on boats.
TED HEATH AT THE TOWN HALL WITH (the late) CONSTABLE PETER BAKER JULY 20 1976
“I was told that a group of police officers and senior officials, and people who were subsequently associated with paedophile activity, used to meet as a group at the yacht club at the same time and socialise together.
“The reports that things were happening out at sea all seemed to join up into a sort of set of circumstances that merits investigation.”
Child abuse: The campaign must go on, says ex-Senator
IT is ‘difficult to feel vindicated’ while child abusers are still walking the street and the ‘fight for justice’ must continue, a former Health Minister and child abuse campaigner has said.
Ex-Senator Stuart Syvret was at the forefront of a decade-long campaign to expose the Island’s failings which allowed systemic child abuse to remain hidden for decades.
Stuart Syvret @StuartSyvret
In interview I gave to Jersey’s newspaper they failed to include important stuff. Like how so many Jersey child-abusers escaped prosecution?
#JEPNews allow insults towards him still by same person no doubt..SS +Jersey Bloggers did an excellent job for all UK abuse survivors
HRH Crafty Muvva @craftymuvva
Savile, Mountbatten & others join party at Butlins in Jersey, 1978: ‘Combined Charities Convention’
Lord Louis Mountbatten former chauffeur Norman Nield exposed him
Edward Prince of Wales and his cousin Lord Louis Mountbatten “relax” in a canvas swimming pool on board H. M. S. Renown during their 1920 Empire Tour.
Lord Louis was a great grandson of Queen Victoria and the uncle of Prince Philip (consort of Queen Elizabeth II). Mountbatten was also a promiscuous bisexual who was famously rumored to have had an affair with Edward VIII (who was Prince of Wales at the time) when he accompanied him on his Empire tours (see photo above).
The Queen. Like any human being, she is subject to the influence of those around her. While he lived, Lord Mountbatten was a persuasive counsellor, and he formulated the plan for Prince Charles’s unusually rigorous education.
Princess Diana, in intimate confessions recorded on video by her voice coach, described her sex life with Prince Charles as “odd, very odd”.
Savile delivers a sermon in Jersey, 1968:
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