Jersey: Former police officers accused of interfering with inquiry

Jersey police said today former police officers were trying to scupper its investigation into historic abuse on the island.

In a statement, the inquiry team said former officers had advised a politician, connected to the child abuse debate, not to co-operate with its work and also attempted to smear the inquiry team.

However, a spokesperson said there was no evidence as yet that the former officers were involved in covering up previous offences. She added that the team, which has been bolstered by staff from Northern Ireland, said it was hoping to make at least two arrests in the next few weeks.

Second cellar

Police began probing a second cellar at the former Haut de la Garenne children’s home today. The first cellar, discovered last month, tallied with abuse victims’ accounts of an underground punishment room at the home.

On Friday, a sniffer dog discovered two spots of what a presumptive test indicated was blood in a bath in the first cellar. However, police suggested there could be an innocent explanation.

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