Jersey: Second arrest in abuse investigation

A 68 year-old-man has been arrested in Jersey in connection with the police investigation into historical child abuse.

Police said the arrest took place just before 7am this morning.

“The man is now in custody helping police with their enquiries in connection with a number of historic rapes and indecent assaults,” a police spokesperson said.

The investigation is focusing on allegations of sexual and physical abuse at the former Haut de la Garenne children’s home, which closed in 1986.

Gordon Wateridge, 76, has been arrested and charged with three alleged offences of historic indecent assaults on girls under 16 committed between 1969 and 1979 at Haut de la Garenne. He is also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm. Wateridge is due to appear in court again on May 12.

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