FORMER SIO MICK GRADWELL
But today, Mr Gradwell hit back.
He said: “There’s no mystery about what I’ve said.
"I thought it was a shambles with no financial management.
“I don’t regard that as a leak, though having worked there I’m not surprised at this.
“I’m on record as quoting information from the report.
"I released it when asked the questions on TV, online and in the papers.
“I didn’t leak a report. After I left I said my version of what happened including a mass overspend, a poorly-managed fiasco where the lead detective made unnecessary trips and took his notes with him.”
BDO ALTO - 13
Unlucky for sum
Scrutiny Sub Panel call in the BDO Alto report
Today at 8.30am the Scrutiny Sub Panel released a press release to all the Main Stream Media concerning the pulling in and Review of the BDO Alto Report.
Are we going to be confronted with the same sham that happened on Monday the 20th when the Home Affairs Minister stated during question time that the former SIO of the Historic Child Abuse Investigation Mick Gradwell probably leaked a one sided report to the Child Abuse Denier Journalist David Rose. No one from the local Media has reported this.
Deputy Pitman: 'Will the Minister clarify what was the conclusion into the brief investigation into who within the Police Force leaked the interim BDO Alto report to a UK child abuse denier journalist and has anyone been suspended over the action?'
Senator Le Marquand: 'The person most likely was the former SIO (Senior Investigating Officer) who took on the Historic Abuse Inquiry and who left in August 2009 with very noisy publicity for his predecessors.'
I REPEAT NO ONE FROM OUR LOCAL MEDIA REPORTED THIS OR MENTIONED IT.
IT DOESN'T FIT THEIR AGENDA
When confronted some of the local hacks denied all knowledge of what Senator Le Marquand had said; This is both Frightening and Dangerous
How will children be safe when we have this level of Journalism in the Island
Who will ever be the whistleblower 10 yrs down the line when they cant even express their concerns to a trusted journalist. Nothing has changed. The Editors I would guess are the real danger to the Children of Jersey they control their hacks.
The JEP and BBC Jersey were present during question Time
I believe CTV tripped over an award on the way in and missed it by a BAFTA
Looking back from when I first posted about the BDO Report my first concern about it is still my major concern. The fact that between the Home Affairs dept and BDO never saw fit to contact or interview Lenny Harper in the making of this report is scandalous. The police at the time of operation rectangle had their say, David Warcup was helping it along, LCG & Martin Grimes had their say everyone apart from the main person had their say; WHY?
Yes, their are countless other serious questions hanging over this report but all we want are the answers to the questions. As you can imagine Senator Le Marquand is itching for this to get under way for the simple reason I have got it all wrong. Im very much looking forward to hearing the Senator putting all our fears to bed with proper documentation, all timed and stamped between BDO and Home Affairs and not just run off the printing machine at Claxtons.
The Scrutiny Panel must also look into the very serious leak of Lenny Harpers Confidential Wiltshire Statement to BDO not only do we have Data Protection issues but also possible criminal action. All we want are the answers. Remember this report was used by the Home Affairs Minister to trash a Child Abuse Investigation.
I have informed the Scrutiny Sub Panel that im prepared to attend the public meeting, what entails im not sure. If they want me to speak I have no problems with that as I want answers.
I would like to thank the the Scrutiny Home Affairs Panel and their excellent Scrutiny Officer Mike Haden for their help and professionalism in putting this together
23 June 2011
Education and Home Affairs Panel
Review of the Inquiry into the financial probity of
the Haut De La Garenne Police Investigation
The Education and Home Affairs Panel has agreed to form a Sub Panel to be led by Deputy Trevor Pitman to investigate issues arising from the BDO Alto review which was commissioned by the Minister for Home Affairs to examine the financial management of Operation Rectangle (the Historic Child Abuse Enquiry).
St Helier based accountancy firm BDO Alto published their report in July 2010, making strong criticisms of financial management and oversight failures during the Historical Child Abuse Enquiry, highlighting the role of Mr. L. Harper, the Senior Investigating Officer (SIO).
Serious concerns have now been brought to the Panel’s attention about certain aspects of the way in which BDO Alto carried out their review. These concerns question whether the report is fair, accurate and independent.
The concerns are in summary:
• The fact that the Mr. L. Harper, who was the subject of significant criticism in the report, was not interviewed by BDO Alto nor given the opportunity to respond to the findings in the report;
• The BDO Alto report refers to confidential statements made by Mr. Harper to the Wiltshire enquiry, while Mr. Harper himself has been refused a copy of his own statement;
• An ‘interim report by financial auditors’ was leaked to the Mail on Sunday in October 2009, eight months before the report was submitted to the Minister and was used in a highly critical report on the conduct of the Haut de la Garenne inquiry. It appears that a Senior Police Officer was responsible for this leak.
Deputy Trevor Pitman, who is leading this review said:
‘The Panel believes that the issues deserve our attention and need to be investigated. We are not trying to reopen the whole debate about the conduct of the Haut de la Garenne Enquiry. The Comptroller and Auditor General has already commented on the substance of the BDO Alto report and its recommendations. We will focus solely on the questions arising from the concerns about how this report was produced and leaked to a national newspaper. We will be requesting explanations in writing from the Minister, BDO Alto, the States of Jersey Police and Mr. Harper and will conduct a public hearing a suitable opportunity next month. We will then report our findings to the States. As always we would be interested to hear from anyone with relevant information to contribute to our review. They can contact the Scrutiny Office.’
The following terms of reference have been agreed
• To examine the instructions under which BDO Alto was engaged to review the financial management of Operation Rectangle and their methods for gathering evidence for this review;
• To clarify the connection between the BDO Alto review and the review on the same matter separately commissioned by the Acting Chief Officer of Police;
• To identify the reasons why the Senior Investigating Officer for Operation Rectangle was not interviewed by BDO Alto and was not given the opportunity to respond to the report’s findings;
• To clarify the liaison between BDO Alto and the Wiltshire Police, in particular the references in the BDO Alto report to the Senior Investigating Officer’s statements to Wiltshire Police;
• To investigate how details of the review into the financial management of Operation Rectangle came to be published in a national newspaper in October 2009; and
• To consider the implications of the Sub Panel’s findings.
Notes to editors:
The BDO Alto review is available on the States website
Sub Panel Membership – Deputy T Pitman (Chairman), Deputy R Le Hérissier Deputy M Tadier, and Deputy D. Wimberley
For further information on this review, please contact:
Mike Haden, Scrutiny Officer Tel 441076 or email email@example.com
For Media Interviews - Deputy T Pitman - Lead member Tel 07797 824243 or email