Jersey police to question 13 famous figures over historic child abuse | Daily Mail Online


Police investigating child abuse claims on the island of Jersey say they are set to question 13 celebrities, politicians and sports stars.

Detectives have revealed that the prominent figures, who are ‘well known’ will be quizzed ‘imminently’ into allegations of institutionalised sex offences on the Channel island.

Their identities have not been revealed but police have said that 13 of the 45 suspects are public figures, including media personalities, politicians and sports people and they will be questioned as part of Operation Whistle.

Haut de la Garnne, the former children’s home on the island of Jersey. Police investigating new allegations of child abuse at the home and four other institutions, are set to question 13 well known figures

Haut de la Garnne, the former children’s home on the island of Jersey. Police investigating new allegations of child abuse at the home and four other institutions, are set to question 13 well known figures

The alleged abuse is said to have occurred between the late 1930s until the mid 2000s across four institutions, including the Haut de la Garenne children’s home.

The other institutions, which have not been named, are no longer functioning.

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Detective Superintendent Stewart Gull from States of Jersey Police, said his task force expects to begin interview with the suspects imminently.

He said that there are around 50 victims and 45 suspects – some of whom are dead or not yet identified.

Detective Superintendent Stewart Gull of States of Jersey Police, who confirmed the majority of the abuse allegations date back to the 1970s and 80s

Detective Superintendent Stewart Gull of States of Jersey Police, who confirmed the majority of the abuse allegations date back to the 1970s and 80s

Mr Gull said: ‘Some of them are celebrities, politicians, some of them are people in the media, some of them are sports people. These are people who are well known.’

‘Some of them are still alive and some of them are deceased but we will not be disclosing more than that.

‘Some of them were visitors to the island, some will have been resident.’

He also confirmed that the most historic cases date back to the late 1930s but the majority are from the 1970s and 1980s.

Mr Gull added: ‘The most recent cases have been reported in the last five to ten years. There may be arrests made imminently.

‘There will be interviews soon and some of the suspects will have to travel to the Island from the UK.’

It is understood that there may be some crossover with the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Yewtree investigation into sexual abuse carried out by the former children’s TV presenter, Jimmy Savile.

via Jersey police to question 13 famous figures over historic child abuse | Daily Mail Online.

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