Former Policeman Is Arrested In Jersey Children’s Home Abuse Inquiry

A former policeman was arrested in connection with an abuse investigation at a former children’s home on Jersey. The 50-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of “serious crimes” at the Haut de la Garenne home and elsewhere in Jersey.

A police spokeswoman would not say what the crimes were or confirm the man’s identity. It is understood that he is a former officer with the Jersey force who worked as a volunteer at the home before leaving the police to work with the island children’s service. The spokeswoman said: “A number of searches are also being carried out in connection with this arrest and the historical abuse inquiry today.”

So far 26 teeth have been found in a search of cellars at the property and one was located in a cistern in the courtyard. Police said tests on the teeth revealed that most were “very unlikely to have come out naturally before death”. They have also recovered at least 30 charred human bone fragments. Tests have found that some had been cut while others had been burnt.

There are more than 40 suspects. Three men have been charged with sexual abuse offences.