Third Arrest Made In Jersey Home Probe

A third arrest has been made in connection with allegations of sexual abuse at the Haut de la Garenne – a former care home in Jersey.

The States of Jersey Police has confirmed the arrest, which is in connection with the ongoing Historical Abuse Enquiry.

The 45-year-old man from Jersey - who has not been named - was arrested yesterday.

The man is now in custody at police headquarters. Police said he will be questioned today. His name will not be released unless he is charged.

Gordon Claude Wateridge, who worked as a warden at the home - was the first person to be charged in connection with the abuse allegations.

Mr Wateridge was charged with indecently assaulting three girls under the age of 16. Howver, his arrest is said to be unconnected with the unearthing of a child's skull at the site in February or the most recent discoveries.

He will appear before court on 9 June and 7 July.

Claude Donnelly, 68, of St Brelade, appeared before St Helier Magistrates on charges of raping a 12-year-old girl between 1971 and 1974 on the Channel Island.

Mr Donnelly is the second person charged as part of a wider inquiry into alleged child abuse in Jersey and is also charged with forcing the girl to carry out an act of gross indecency.

It is reported that neither man has entered a plea.

Meanwhile, police investigating the Haut de la Garenne have found five teeth and fragments of bone, thought to be from a child of four or five.

Almost 100 people claim that they suffered sexual and physical abuse at the hands of care workers at the home as children - while some reports say that there have been over 160.

There is an ongoing investigation into a pit dug in the 1970s or 1980s while a bath, shackles and blood stained items have also been found.

The home opened in June 1867 as the Jersey Industrial School for "young people of the lower classes of society and neglected children".

It became Haut de la Garenne in 1960 - which translates as rabbit warren - and closed in 1986.

Read: Teeth Found In Jersey Home Search


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