CHILD ABUSE IN JERSEY: #2

And Why it Persists.

Mike Pollard: a Case Study.

Part 2.

So – what did readers make of Mike Pollard’s letter to all Jersey Health & Social Services Staff – as reproduced in the first of these two posts?

Tears?

Of laughter? Of anger?

It wouldn’t be quite so bad if it merely displayed gross incompetence.

Instead it displays incompetence – and straight-forward lies.

Utter fictions and assertions wholly incompatible with the truth.

Below this post, I re-produce the e-mail I drafted last year to all H & SS staff.

I was never able to deliver it because the States of Jersey e-mail system was rigged by the Chief Minister’s Department and Bill Ogley to block me – the former Minister who had been lied about by Pollard – from replying. Yes, as extraordinary as that is, that is how toxic, lawless, corrupt – frankly dangerous – is the break-down in the rule-of-law by the polity of Jersey.

Read my suppressed response of September last year – and then gauge for yourselves which communication is honest: his – or mine.

Evidence such as the Pollard letter serves to demonstrate so well the implacable decadence of public administration in Jersey and the total failure of accountability.

The fact that this small community simply does not have functioning ‘checks & balances’.

Remember – his letter was not some distant manifestation of mendacity – cobbled together back in the 1960’s.

It was written in September 2007.

His letter contains a variety of out-right falsehoods.

Lies which I deal with in the e-mail I reproduce below – which the States of Jersey prevented me from sending last year; prevented me from sending to over 2500 staff members 98% of who are good, hard-working, ethical, principled professionals who had been misled, distressed, lied to, confused and threatened by the staggeringly foul lies of the Chief Executive Mike Pollard.

You may find this amusing, but when I first began to challenge Pollard’s lies last year, he was offered – covertly – by people like Frank Walker & Bill Ogley – taxpayer’s money to fund a defamation action against me.

They were eager for him to sue me – or at least “put a frightener” on me. He would have been their front-man.

And Jersey tax-payers would have been the mugs paying for it.

Do you like that?

People in Jersey – about to endure the introduction of a sales tax on basic foodstuffs – because, like, the Jersey government is so poor.

And, to add insult to injury, let’s take a big chunk of it to enrich even more some Jersey lawyers – so the local oligarchy can muscle into silence their only prominent critic.

I doubt, somehow, most tax payers are content for their money to be spent in this way.

But, whatever – I say bring it on.

Pollard – you are a liar.

Worse – you lie about something as important and fundamental as child protection.

You are manifestly unfit to occupy any position of responsibility – let alone one that involves having over-arching responsibility for vulnerable people.

Sue me for defamation if what I say is wrong – or resign.

You must do one or the other.

Remember, Pollard and all his key senior management personnel – Marnie Baudains and Phil Dennett just for example – remain working – and remain responsible for running child “protection” in Jersey.

It says it all, really, about the “calibre” of Jersey political leadership – Walker & Co. – that these people – who have demonstrably lied concerning child protection – are not even suspended.

Even without being familiar with some of the specific, detailed assertions Pollard makes – any reader with a modicum of common sense can see what utter rubbish the thrust of his letter is.

Let’s have a look at some choice passages from it.

And remember – this is Jersey he is writing about.

“What I actually found, without exception, was that every instance and every matter I looked into had been dealt with to the highest possible standard. Never before in my 30 years of practice have I found a service that has got it so right, so well and so often to such a high standard.”

He goes on to make an unvarnished threat to any staff who wish to speak the truth.

“I trust, therefore, that this letter has put beyond any scintilla of a doubt that the Child Protection and Children’s Services operate to a very high standard and have an unblemished record. I will not take kindly to anyone who seeks to make mischief with these hard working staff on these matters.”

This is truly extraordinary.

It’s become such a cliché of mine, I’m thinking of re-naming this blog “You Couldn’t Make It Up.”

And – truly – you couldn’t.

For here – in September of 2007 – is a Chief Executive of a Health & Social Services Department – making it crystal clear to his staff that he:

“will not take kindly”

to those who challenge or speak out concerning child protection failures.

Now – do you understand just how the foul abuses of children can have gone concealed for so long?

Now do you understand the “climate of fear” which is all-pervasive in Jersey?

Well – thank God for the decent, brave, honest staff who make up the vast majority of the H & SS workforce. Dozens and dozens of who remain in contact with me.

The Department may be led by a claque of shysters – but that is not a reflection on the staff at the ‘coal-face’.

Below you can read my previously unpublished response to the Pollard letter, so I won’t repeat here that which is already written.

I have to, though, draw your attention to one, particularly profoundly disturbing assertion which Pollard made – and which I deal with below.

And this is important as it gives such a clear illustration of how the Jersey child abuse disaster can have happened.

Pollard, in his letter, refers to the case of the “departure of a member of staff” which I alerted him to. I did this after being informed of it by whistle-blowers.

Pollard – with, frankly, breathtaking dishonesty – asserts that I was content that this particular case had been handled correctly.

It most certainly was not – and nor did I ever accept that it had been.

Let me describe to you just how appalling the case actually was.

And how even more appallingly no less a figure than the Chief Executive of Health & Social Services can lie about it.

The case in question involved a paedophile by the name of Martin Cougan. He was a member of staff at the Heathfield children’s home.

He engaged in an abusive relationship with a teenage female resident.

When – eventually – management were forced to recognise what was happening, Cougan, upon return from holiday, was told that his resignation would be accepted – and no more said about the matter – on condition he left the island and did not return.

This is beyond unforgivable.

Yet – sadly – it is a typical example of the conduct that saw child abusers from Haute de le Garrene, Blanche Pierre, Le Chennes and other places simply be allowed to ‘quietly leave’ as soon as their monstrous behaviours became too difficult to ignore.

Time and time again I have been told of States of Jersey employees who have exhibited dangerously worrying deviant behaviours – and yet who have just been allowed to ‘resign’.

It is a signature feature of the Jersey child abuse disaster.

But worse – it leaves these maniacs at liberty to go to other places of work, in other jurisdictions – and continue to pose a threat to children there.

A profound threat to vulnerable children – permitted to continue.

Simply because “it’s just more convenient all-round” to have a “quick” “clean” resignation. Avoids all that dreadful paper-work, you see?

Not to mention avoiding any taxing questions concerning the management’s own staff recruitment, vetting and monitoring procedures.

The word disgusting just doesn’t get close to describing the senior ranks of Jersey’s civil service.

Mike Pollard – you have – in the year 2007 – supported and continued the culture of concealment which has enabled the betrayals and abuses of vulnerable children.

You are a modern-day manifestation of the corrupted self-interest endemic to Jersey’s public administration; the self-same “culture” which has permitted and concealed the foul abuse of children for decades.

Even terming you a liar and a charlatan doesn’t get close. Even the average con-man would pause – and do the decent thing – when faced with failures towards the welfare of children.

Even this was too much to expect of you.

For God’s sake go.

Go now.

Stuart.

AS YET UNDELIVERED E-MAIL TO ALL HEALTH  & SOCIAL SERVICES STAFF WRITTEN IN SEPTEMBER 2007 BY STUART SYVRET.

THE FOLLOWING LETTER WAS WRITTEN BY THE FORMER MINISTER TO HEALTH & SOCIAL SERVICES STAFF – THE VAST MAJORITY OF WHO ARE FINE AND CARING PROFESSIONALS – TO ASSIST THEM IN GAINING A TRUE UNDERSTANDING OF EVENTS DURING A DIFFICULT AND TURBULENT TIME IN WHICH A SMALL ELEMENT OF CORRUPT STAFF AND SENIOR MANAGERS HAD UNLAWFULLY STRIVEN TO CONCEAL CHILD-ABUSE.

Subject: Stuart Syvret’s Response to the Letter from Mr Pollard of 14th September.

Dear H & SS Staff

You may recollect a letter from the Chief Officer, Mr Pollard, sent to all H & SS staff dated 14th September 2007. Unfortunately, I have to write to you to correct the utterly dishonest, misleading and deeply worrying contents of that letter.

I have sought to persuade Mr Pollard to retract the letter and apologise to me for its dishonest representation of the events which led up to my sacking for whistle-blowing. Unfortunately, Mr. Pollard has not responded in a positive manner. Therefore it falls to me to explain the truth to you.

The purpose of Mr. Pollard’s letter was to smear me as part of the cover-up and concealment of gross and sustained failures at senior management level across the entire child welfare & protection apparatus of the States of Jersey.

In the letter, dated 14th September 2007, sent to 2300 H & SS employees Mr. Pollard:

(a) dishonestly stated that the concerns I was raising – many of which had been brought to my attention by front-line staff – were “unjustified”;

(b) dishonestly misrepresented my position;

(c) dishonestly misrepresented the actual concerns I was raising;

(d) dishonestly misrepresented my criticisms of management failure as criticisms of front-line staff, when, in fact, many of the concerns were brought to my attention by front-line staff;

(e) dishonestly describing two questions he claimed to have asked me. His depiction of the two questions he ascribed to me is a deliberate attempt to mislead;

(f) dishonestly depicting my answer to the two ‘phantom’ questions;

(g) dishonestly stating that I only raised two concerns with him;

(h) dishonestly stating that these two concerns were groundless;

(i) dishonestly stating that I provided him with ‘no evidence’ for various concerns;

(j) dishonestly stating that there were no instances of failure – whatsoever – in the management and standards of child protection in Jersey.

Mr Pollard’s letter exhibits a clear, pro-active attempt upon his part to engage in concealment and cover-up.

Mr Pollard’s letter therefore exhibits gross professional inadequacy in respect of child welfare and protection. Anyone who puts protecting failed management colleagues above child welfare is not fit to hold such a job.

Mr. Pollard’s letter must, therefore, leave us with the very real concern that further child protection and welfare issues will go unaddressed.

Mr. Pollard’s letter demonstrates his ready willingness to lie to you, the staff of his Department, concerning a matter as serious as child protection.

I will now address some of the substantive and misleading assertions in Mr. Pollard’s letter.

He and I, in fact, asked each other a very substantial number of questions, not merely the two he claims to have asked me.

In the first of those two questions, he claims to have asked me whether I “knew of any child who was not receiving a competent service from the Department?” In fact, what he actually asked me was whether I was aware of any child in imminent or immediate danger? To which, of course, my answer was ‘no, to the best of my knowledge’. Obviously, If I were aware of any child under immediate threat of harm, I would not be speaking to Mr Pollard about it – I would be on the phone to the Police.

In the second of his two ‘phantom’ questions, Mr Pollard claims to have asked me whether I had information I “was withholding which, if supplied to him, would enable him to make the lives of children better?”

This ‘question’ was never asked.

What, in fact, I was asked by Mr Pollard was for me to identify to him all of the front-line staff who had privately raised concerns with me, and to identify to him all of my sources of information and of independent expert advice. Naturally I declined to do this, as to reveal the identities of such contacts would be to jeopardise their professional lives and risk them becoming victimised by management – as has been known to happen. I would never betray such confidences.

But, as a matter of demonstrable fact, I did actually supply Mr Pollard with evidence for many of the concerns; and I informed him of, and drew his attention to, many issues which had been drawn to my attention by front-line staff, whistle-blowers, parents and victims.

Whilst Mr Pollard’s dishonest depiction of events, insofar as they concern me, is very disappointing, I do not regard that aspect of his letter as the most serious.

What appals me beyond words is that Mr Pollard would lie about a matter of such gravity and seriousness as the irresponsible and dangerous ‘departure’ of an employee who poses a real risk to children.

This particular case is an example of an issue that was drawn to my attention by several conscientious front-line employees who were disgusted by the management failure involved.

On page two of his letter, Mr Pollard claims that I asked him to examine “the circumstances surrounding the departure of a member of staff.” Mr Pollard then goes on to state, with breathtaking dishonesty, that “following (his) investigation into this matter, the Senator accepted that this had been handled correctly.”

It is deeply disturbing that Mr Pollard should claim this case to have been handled correctly, when he knows perfectly well it was not. And it is deeply worrying that he should claim – in what is a complete and utter lie – that I accepted that it had been handled correctly.

It most certainly was not.

The employee in question, a male by the name of Martin Cougan, was employed in the residential children’s home ‘Heathfield’. This man began an abusive sexual relationship with a female resident. The man had worked in a position of trust with the female – including for a significant period of time prior to her reaching the age of 16. Quite regardless of criminality, his actions were still a grotesque breach of trust, and an utter betrayal of professional ethics and responsibilities.

Rather than immediately get the police involved and dismiss Cougan, the management allowed him to resign immediately on the understanding that he leaves the island – thus avoiding any awkward questions for the management concerning their staff recruitment and monitoring safeguards. Very convenient all-round – wouldn’t you agree?

As result of this action, the individual might still be employed working with children in some other jurisdiction – where, of course, he will continue to pose a serious threat to the children exposed to him.

Many of the front-line staff recognised what a disgraceful and dangerous action it was to simply allow him to resign. This is why they brought it to my attention. That Mr Pollard can regard a paedophile employee being allowed to resign on the “understanding” that he leave the island – rather than being immediately sacked – as “handled correctly” is extremely worrying.

Mr Pollard goes on to make the quite extraordinary statement that “every instance and every matter (he) looked into had been dealt with to the highest possible standards.” This too, is completely untrue.

Sadly, the case I refer to above is but one example of seemingly endless child protection management failure.

Let me give you some brief, summarised examples of the failures and deficiencies that are the cause of concern. These examples are in no particular order and they represent just a small part of the total range of instances of failure in the field caused by woefully inadequate management.

1: The failure to meaningfully intervene in the case of a child with emotional problems. After this failure, the child descended into abuse at the hands of paedophiles. This abuse then went on without recognition – for 18 months – notwithstanding various agencies having several opportunities to intervene.

2: Employees, as described above, being allowed to resign rather than be sacked, thus leaving them to carry on posing a risk to children in other jobs or other jurisdictions. This very ‘convenient and easier’ way for management to dispose of their “problems” – to avoid scrutiny and challenge for their failures – is actually commonplace throughout public administration in Jersey.

3: A long-term culture of cover-up and incompetence at managerial level in Jersey’s child protection apparatus. People have brought cases to my attention that go back to the early-1960s. Unfortunately, as this episode demonstrates, the same culture of failure and irresponsibility in the management of the services persists to this very day.

4: As an example, a former senior Social Services manager reviewed substantial records of witness statements, evidence, logs, staff diaries and victim accounts, concerning a sustained period of appalling abuse towards children by a couple who ran a ‘group-home’ throughout the 1980s. His report, in 1990, whilst accepting that the behaviour ‘could not be condoned’ concluded by stating that the stress of the job was a mitigating factor, and that the female member of the couple had “voluntarily” decided to retire from running the ‘group-home’ – “and she would now work at the Family Development Centre instead”!

This in the face of overwhelming evidence that they had exhibited monstrous cruelty, had made children drink Dettol and had regularly violently assaulted children with implements.

The former senior manager should, of course, have contacted the Police immediately and suspended the couple from any involvement in child care. By the time the case did eventually come to the attention of the Police – in the late 1990s, they were appalled by it and attempted to prosecute the couple in question. The prosecution was abandoned by the Attorney General of the day – Michael Birt, presently Deputy Bailiff – for reasons that remain mystifying and deeply worrying, given the substantive nature of the evidence contained in two large lever-arch files.

5: The transportation of children in custody in the same vehicle at the same time as adult prisoners.

6: The routine use of restraint methods against children in Les Chennes which would never have been used in the UK following the ‘Pin Down’ controversy in Staffordshire County Council, and as exposed by Alan Levy QC and Barbara Kahan in 1990.

7: The failure to provide children in custody with automatic, regular and high-quality emotional and psychiatric care and support.

8: The routine and illegal use of isolation and solitary confinement against children in custody. In some instances the isolation would go on for days, weeks – or even months.

The punitive and coercive use of solitary confinement against people, even adults, is internationally recognised as torture, and is forbidden under several international conventions. To use this methodology to control children is simply a straightforward criminal offence on the part of the States of Jersey. It constitutes illegal, institutionalised abuse.

9: The failure of senior management to regard child welfare and protection as the highest possible priority. As this episode makes plain, management’s overriding and foremost concern has been the ruthless protection of themselves and the support of failed colleagues in senior management positions. For example, the letter from the Jersey Child Protection Committee to Senator Walker, demanding my dismissal, was – as a matter of proven fact – largely authored by the Directorate Manager of Social Services, Marnie Baudains – the very officer most culpable for the very failures I was attempting to address. In the letter she attempted to claim that exposing failed child welfare and protection systems “put children at greater risk.” In fact, the opposite is the case. Every respectable professional organisation’s practice guidance, code of conduct, code of ethics or rules in the child protection field will state that it is always better to speak out concerning a failing system – rather than to remain silent about it.

The issues I describe above are, sadly, but a few of the problems I was attempting to deal with. All such cases, evidence, witness contacts and so forth in my possession will be made know to the States of Jersey Police.

I very much regret having to write in these terms. I have made attempts to reason with Mr Pollard in an effort to make him acknowledge the dangerous and dishonest assertions in his letter of the 14th September. I have invited him to withdraw it, and apologise for his dishonest representation of events. Sadly, he has failed to do so. Therefore, it is important that you know that your Chief Executive is ready and willing to lie to you – and, moreover, lie to you in a manner that proves him to attach greater importance to defending failed senior management colleagues than he does to child welfare and protection.

I would like to put on record my thanks and admiration for all those front-line staff who have contacted me with their concerns in an attempt to secure acceptable standards of care and protection for children. Please rest assured that any contact made with me privately will never be revealed to management or any other agency.

Regards

Stuart Syvret

18 thoughts on “CHILD ABUSE IN JERSEY: #2

  1. Anonymous

    Stuart

    You post a very disturbing blog. When did the abuse occur – was it after 2000 and so outside the scope of the proposed review?

    Given that there is a tendency in the public services to do absolutely nothing, to go to the bother of getting a resignation, there must have been some very clear cut evidence.
    Normally you get moved to another department (planning’s the new favourite)

    So how did events come to light

    The child involved – was a medical examination carried out which indicated a problem?
    Did the girl become pregnant?
    If yes what then happened?
    Has the child been screened for sexually transmitted diseases?

    How many teenage pregnancies occur in care settings?

    How many children in care have been treated for sexually transmitted diseases.

    Why is J Kennedy the only person suspended?

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  2. Alex

    Very interesting reading.

    I have to ask: why did you not release your response either on your blog, by press release or as an open letter, back in September 2007?

    If all that you say is true, it is truly shocking. Why could you not tell us in September 2007?

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  3. Anonymous

    Sounds just like the RC church in USA and the IR.

    It would be interesting to find out what money is being put aside by the insurance companies in Jersey to cover the costs. The money men always know first!!

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  4. katie stevens

    The asking offenders to resign is an understandable method, it is cheap, lazy & should never happen in the case of child care.

    Such people would expose the island if it was regular occurrence, so as you say Stuart the methods of filtering job applications was lax & even negligent.

    How many of the offending staff had been ‘allowed ‘ to resign from previous jobs ?

    This case has far reaching implications & links to many others in child care around the British isles.

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  5. Anonymous

    I’m going to be speaking about institutional child abuse in Stafford on Saturday 12th April, meeting up at 12.00 outside Stafford Railway Station, and walking across the road to Stafford County Court at 12.30.

    Here is a link to a pladgebank promise that I made regarding that event.

    I hope some of you will be able to come and hear what I have to say about institutional abuse.

    http://www.pledgebank.com/EndSecretcourt

    Zoompad

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  6. jim browne

    I think the local ‘Rag’ would never in a million years publish any of Stuarts evidence, because most of them are in on it, the paper will only allow what they want you to read not what YOU want to read.

    Sounds like the Catholic Church all over again, you get caught and they move you, in this case the guy got caught and was asked to move off the Island, yes as Stuarts says ‘No Paper trail’

    Again here on the mainland news has stopped coming from Jersey, I still say OUR Govenment have issued a D-Notice on the press and Tv media. Whats happening, are they still digging, any more arrests, what happened to the Mainland arrests which we still wait for.

    None of us survivors from the UK can find our records, we didn’t exsist in the 70’s or 80’s we were just numbers.

    Child Protection Does Not Work.

    Abusers can still work within the Child Protection Dept, even though they have been CRB checked, just because it dosen’t show up on their records only means they haven’t been caught yet. The best people for this job are people who have been abused themselves, these ‘Text Book’ idiots have no clue of what to look for.

    Typical of the Jersey Govenment to send an abuser off their Island only to come here in the UK to carry on abusing.

    We do not seek Revenge we only seek Justice.

    Thanks to this blog, I have met more groups in the UK, and we now stand together as one behind you Stuart, remember, you are not alone.

    Also a plane can carry a lot of survivors from the mainland to help you protest.

    Keep it up mate and don’t let them grind you down.

    JIm Browne

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  7. Tom Perry

    Stuart,

    What you are dealing with there is the default setting of all institutions to conceal child abuse. I could think of several school boards which would give Pollard a job tomorrow on the strength of the way he continues to handle matters. And he will get worse and more slippery the closer it gets to cases being brought to court. Of course he will not have broken any law – so he will get off with an admonishment perhaps and little more than that. In the UK there is no statutory obligation to report alleged child abuse to the Police. To permit a concealed departure of an alleged abuser who then goes to another jurisdiction with a glowing reference is not illegal – even today despite alleged law changes promoted by the DCSF. This can still happen without sanction. No one has done anything wrong!

    Child protection legislation is a mess and can only improve. Operationally the DCSF is un-joined up. Your senior administrators will not be touched because there is little that can touch them.

    Morally bankrupt they are. Shysters yes. But like so many here they are in the job to earn a salary. Would they rather be marketing director for a luxury cruise liner. Of course, but they are not up to it so they end up getting the Child Protection brief.

    Tom

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  8. Anonymous

    Does anyone know where Martin Cougan is employed today? If he is working with underage children in a professional capacity, it should be of interest to police investigators and to the press outside of Jersey.

    Is there a paper trail of letters of recommendation, or other post-employment documents which would provide a clear path back to his Jersey supervisors, or directly to Mr. Pollard’s office?

    Because this abuse and cover-up incident is fairly recent, it would provide a clearer picture of States continued culpability in maintaining a culture in which such abuse can more easily thrive.

    Thanks, as always, for keeping up the lonely fight for those children who cannot speak up for themselves.

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  9. Anonymous

    Perhaps if Anton Skinner resigns from Focus, Mike Pollard could fill the vacancy

    Both from the same sewer

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  10. Anonymous

    I have been on more child protection courses than enough.

    1 If child reports abuse to you, you don’t ecourage that child to talk, you take it to your line manager or whoever is in charge, they then are supposed to ring the SS, who are then supposed to look into it and if they feel its right, to ring the police.

    Thats what those knobs in Jersey shou;ld have done in the first place instead of dealing with it ‘In House’ which IS against the Law.

    But they don’t do that do they, that means the Child Protection Policy is a Joke.

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  11. Anonymous

    Stuart

    Can I just summarise

    Mike Pollard lies and peddles misinformation

    Stuart Syvret speaks the truth based on hard facts and evidence

    Mike Pollard threatens, victimises and punishes whistleblowers

    Stuart Syvret encourages, supports and takes seriously whistleblowers

    Mike Pollard conceals, suppresses and sweeps abuse and poor practice under the carpet

    Stuart Syvret exposes, uncovers, reveals and reports abuse and malpractice

    Mike Pollard remains in post, is not suspended, investigated or disciplined

    Stuart Syvret is summarily dismissed, apparently disgraced and vilified.

    Aren’t we so lucky to live in an island with such high moral standards where we can be assured of proper protection

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  12. jim browne

    Corrupt Jersey police and politicians sending threats to head of child-abuse investigation

    Ex-officers’ ‘threats’ to Jersey chief

    ‘Sinister threats’ have been made to the police officer leading the inquiry into abuse allegations at a former children’s home on Jersey.

    Deputy chief of police Lenny Harper believes ‘corrupt ex-coppers’ want to ‘hush up’ the inquiry in case it reveals official failings over child abuse.

    He said: ‘I have received about 140 abusive letters with threats to burn my house and my car.’

    Asked about pressure to curtail the investigation, he said: ‘There has been stacks, mainly from ex-cops, corrupt cops, who have friends among senior politicians on the island.

    ‘I will not insult the island by saying there is a culture of corruption. There is a cache of corrupt ex-coppers.’

    He added that allegations made by children in the past were not dealt with in the proper way.

    Meanwhile, police will today enter a bricked up second cellar beside the one already searched at Haut de la Garenne.

    They are also expected to hold three people for alleged child abuse in the next two or three weeks, the first arrests since human remains were found at the home two weeks ago.

    The arrests follow ‘graphic’ statements by alleged abuse victims, including one about a child who was never seen again and may have died.

    It is thought that two arrests will be on Jersey and one on the British mainland.

    Meanwhile, tests are taking place on more bones found in recent days to see if they are human or animal.

    SOURCE

    Metro, “Ex-officers’ ‘threats’ to Jersey chief”, 10 March 2008.
    http://www.metro.co.uk/news/article…5&in_page_id=34

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  13. Anonymous

    Stuart

    Nearly 19,000 unique hits, you’re catching up on the circulation of the JEP.

    Much more truthful, informative and entertaining so no surprise really

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  14. Anonymous

    Hear Hear to what Jim says, it is time that people really knew the extent of these horrors, and like the aftermath of WWII and following trials of German officers who ran concentration camps, these inhumain creature who are hiding these events because they are all powerfull in the judicary and politics mixed with their finantial dealings should have their assets frozen and I mean all of them, possports removed and be subject to house arrested untill the full investigation is complete. as would happen in the Uk in cases where crime and abuses are found to be running hand in hand.

    Take it all off them and put them into a one bedroom flat in Glasgow, give all of their wealth to survivors and worthy causes as the cretins who are running Jersey are not worthy of anything more than Imprisonment.

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  15. Anonymous

    Sadly, there is also corruption in the SS. The police know this, Operation Ore revealed many SS paedophiles.

    Operation Ore came to an abrupt collapse – I wonder why, hmmmmmm, could it have been pressure from certain departments?

    All I do know is that there were over 7000 paedophiles discovered, but how many of those were actually charged? And which ones ie, which class of society were they from? AB, C1, C2 or DE?

    I think it was the latter.

    Zoompad

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  16. Anonymous

    Stuart
    You describe a clear cut case of grooming a child for sex.

    You state that instead of reporting the matter to the police, the employee was allowed to resign.

    Such action condones reprehensible and criminal behaviour. Do you have any evidence that senior officers objected to M Pollard’s decision but were over-ruled?
    Was it just M Pollard’s decision.
    I can’t see him acting without advice – was Mrs Le Feuvre in her child protection role informed?

    Marnie Baudain, head of children services surely objected and took the matter up with Mike’s boss – Bill Ogley.
    Or was she silent because the matter was dealt with so effectively and the problem was transferred to the UK.

    Actions define the man, M Pollards actions to authorise a resignation were amoral. The issue of open, transparent public services appears to be rather primative in our little island.

    C’mon Bill – even if Mike and Marnie are mates you need to suspend and investigate!

    Time to pull the plug on the “open Mike” sessions!

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  17. TonyB

    Spotlight 6.30 and Newsnight 10.30 looking at Roger Holland, according to BBC Radio Jersey at 5ish

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  18. Anonymous

    Some of the best known words in trying to get someone to court.

    1. Not In The Public Interest.

    2. Abuse Of Prosess.

    3. No To Legal Aid.

    4. They are to ill to stand trial.

    5. You have False Memory Syndrome.

    6. We have no records of you being there.

    7. LIAR.

    I’m sure there is more that you can mention.

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