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Haut De La Garenne, the former children's home on Jersey.

Results Inconclusive in British Child Abuse Investigation

November 13, 2008 02:29 PM
by Isabel Cowles
An investigation into alleged abuses at a home for children has been criticized for making false claims and wasting millions of British pounds.

Evidence Re-examined at Haut de la Garenne

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British authorities may have spent 4.5 million pounds investigating skulls that turned out to be coconut shells and shackles that proved to be no more than rusty scraps of metal at
Haut de la Garenne, a former home for children in Jersey, one of the Channel Islands.

Jersey’s chief of police, Graham Powers, was suspended from his role as head of the investigation after British detectives showed that there had been no murders at the children’s home.

In addition to discovering that the skulls and shackles were bogus, British police determined pieces of bone found in the compound were of animal origin, and did not come from the bodies of murdered children. Furthermore, no blood was found in the cellar and “secret underground chambers” that had been discovered were simply holes in the floor.

Deputy Chief Officer David Warcup asserted that there was no evidence that children had been murdered or bodies destroyed at the former home. “I very much regret that information was put into the public domain by the States of Jersey police about certain finds at Haut de la Garenne, which was not strictly accurate," he said.

The investigation into the children’s home began in 2006, after the alleged skull was discovered. When the investigation became public, more than 160 victims alleged abuse at Haut de la Garenne between the early 1960s and 1986, when the home closed.

One woman who claimed to have been abused at the home told the U.K. Mirror, “The things that happened there are indescribable, the most cruel, sadistic and evil acts you could think of."

Despite the discredited discoveries, Detective Superintendent Michael Gradwell told the BBC in November that the child abuse investigation would continue.

Related: Other cases of false abuse exposed

Reference: History of Haut de la Garenne

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