Sunday, December 18, 2011

End of Year Blog - Part 2









"NO STOPPING"




THE FINAL BLOG POSTING OF 2011




The work for 2012 has already started.  




The Matt Tapp Files  & The Committee of Enquiry will feature heavily at the turn of the year.




All the serious separate  issues running  headlong into one big crossroads. 




The failure of Child Protection in Jersey that led to decades of Abuse in the State Run Care Homes. There was a serious failure and no one wants to take any blame for what and is going on. I have explained why the 'CoE'  is so important and must be brought forward with a very robust terms of reference. Lets also be honest and say that this CoE is about as welcome as the plague. They, the real power in Jersey, don't want it at any cost.  Remember back in 2007 when Stuart Syvret stood up in the States and said that if he was asked in the States if he had faith in the Jersey Child Protection Apparatus  the answer would be no. That one statement set off a chain of events that is still being felt now. 




At the time no one new that the SOJP were investigating Child Abuse in Jersey. 




What I find most interesting about  Stuarts case against the Chief Minister is that it goes to the heart of the very matters that concern us  about the agencies who were responcable for Child Protection. We even had two Senior members of the SOJP leaving meetings because of what they were hearing and logged their concerns at the station. One was non other than the former Chief Of Police Graham Power QPM.



Now you would have thought that the former Chief Minister would have had this out in open court with everyone having their say and the evidence heard, but no, he was advised that a Strike Out was best. Stuart said he tried to sue the States for damages, claiming public officials had engaged in a conspiracy against him when he was dismissed from the post of Health Minister in 2007. 



He said  "they engaged in a plot to cover up child abuse in the island, which he was trying to expose, causing harm to his emotional and physical health as a result"



The judge said none of the defendants owed him a duty of care as a private individual and that he was the "author of his own misfortune".


He said Syvret was trying to bring a private claim against a public wrong, at a time when he, as a public person, possessed no greater rights than anyone else.


Jonathan Sumption QC also refused to authorise a judicial review- which would have subjected the powers of public authority to scrutiny- and ordered Mr. Syvret to pay the defendants' costs.



After the judgment Mr. Syvret said: "I've done my best, indeed I thought it was quite funny in a tragic kind of way that Mr. Sumption suggested in the judgment that the stress, the harm, the difficulty I had suffered in 2007 in trying to expose these child protection failures and being opposed by the civil servants was self inflicted upon me, that I needn't have done that work, therefore I had no claim, which I think sends a very terrible message to public officials, that essentially means anyone who's in my position needn't bother to doing their duty, need not bother taking on significant challenges in their job, because if it's difficult and bad for you to do that then that's just tough."



Mr. Syvret claims he had a legal obligation as Health Minister to investigate allegations of child abuse, but that he was intentionally obstructed by public officials from carrying out his duties. 




This is what former Chief Minister Le Sueur said ;"The ability of the court to strike out proceedings is a mechanism to enable the early stopping of proceedings that have no real legal prospect of success. It is a decision generally taken on the documentation before the court and is only ordered in plain and obvious cases. I am advised by the Solicitor General that this is such a case."




You see, this goes to the very heart of the issues concerning The Jersey Child Abuse Enquiry (Operation Rectangle), The States of Jersey, The Crown , Child Protection and Stuart Syvret,  it's all linked. 



STRIKE OUT


STRIKE OUT



Now Remember the Chapman Report. He was brought in by the States Employment Board and conducted a report into the harassment of States Employees and the effect it had on staff



CHAPMAN REPORT



This is from the Chapman Report and the reason I've put it here is because again it goes to the heart of everything. When Our Chief Minister gets asked to PUT UP he STRIKES OUT. Chapman says;The Chapman Report clearly states. 


“ I have a clear view that I had formed shortly after commencing my

investigation and pressed on me by many of those who gave evidence to me that it is the responsibility of the SEB as the employer to refute publicly any such allegation that is made in clear, unequivocal and firm but moderate language that the allegation is baseless. On each occasion the statement should be backed up wherever possible with the evidence refuting the allegation. In addition to making the denial as widely available as possible staff should be made aware it has been done and the material widely disseminated. It should be posted on the blog. If the Senator refuses to accept the posting that fact should also be publicised“



PUT UP TERRY



Why do you think are ruling elite are running away from any chance of full evidence being heard in an open court of law? When you look at what they are doing you will notice it's all action and no substance. Again, this is why I come back to the committee of enquiry.



Someone asked me if I was covering the Advocate Tim Hanson request for an Internal Report written  by the Children's Service concerning the Special Case Review (SCR)  into family X. I have now read the article written by Ben Querre it has left me stunned. It really does tie in with what I was saying about Stuart Syvret and his Sumption strike out. Again we see the concealment brigade in action. The children in question were subject to care proceedings dating back to 1999 but it took them 9 years to be removed from their parents. They received years of Abuse and neglect  as a result. The SCR can be read online here SCR



As Ben Queree states in his article  An SCR Review concluded last year that they had suffered for years because the authorities failed to take them into care despite being warned that they were at risk. What also is a serious worry is that Advocate Tim Hanson who is representing the children says the the report will indentify the failings by the Health and Social Services Department children's department. 



Remember what happened with Stuart Syvret and the strike out by Sumption.Stuart Syvret said that there were failings in the Child Protection department but as it was stuck out none of the evidence was heard be any of the people who had responsibility for children and their possible failings. Now lawyers acting for Health Minister Anne Pryke are fighting disclosure. In my opinion this goes along with why they don't want a committee of enquiry they simply don't want any of the hard evidence coming out but what is even more staggering is this is being backed by the head of the Jersey Child Protection Committee Dr Mike Taylor. Now I really wish that Ben Querre had asked Dr Taylor why he is taking this stance but there is nothing in his article on this point. 



Advocate Claire Davis has argued in court that the States do not owe the children  'a private law duty of care' - they are not liable to a compensation claim. Advocate Hanson said that  stance  put the Island at odds with European and English Law he said " They have denied liability. The main plank of that is that they say that as a matter of Jersey law there is no duty of care to Children in the care system,which we say is nonsense."


Now look again at what Judge Sumption said to Stuart Syvret on his strike out;


"The judge said none of the defendants owed him a duty of care as a private individual and that he was the "author of his own misfortune".



Do you see the pattern here. Who has responsibility for children here? There are better minds out there than mine who can get a better grasp of it than me but I believe they are trying to keep the lid on a can of very angry worms. They never want any of the evidence heard. It's always blocking and stalling. This is what I have been going on about in my interviews concerning the agencies. This goes from the bottom to the very to top make no mistake.



I would like to thank Ben Querre for reporting this and I hope he will follow it up with some real investigative work and keep the people informed as to what is going on.



Is Child Protection a Dirty Word in Jersey?



What happens if it's the same names that keep coming up in the failure of Child Protection?



This is all heading down the tracks as we head into 2012



Team Voice would like to thank our readers  new and old the world over for their continued support.



We wish all a Merry Christmas and prosperous  and safe New Year 



NO ONE SEEMS TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANYTHING IN JERSEY CONCERNING CHILD PROTECTION



Rico Sorda


Sunday, December 11, 2011

End of Year Blog - Part 1













End of Year Blog - Part 1




"IF YOU HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE THEN YOU HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR"



All the Jersey Agencies who had responsibility for Children in Jersey over the Decades should be willing and able to help any forthcoming Committee of Enquiry.



There is no excuse for this not to happen




1. How have the Children's homes been run in recent decades?



2. What procedures were in place to recruit staff and how was the performance of staff monitored? Should other steps have been taken to monitor performance?



3. What measures were taken to address inappropriate behaviour  from staff when it was discovered, and if those measures were insufficient , what other measures should have been taken?



4. How did those in authority at political and officer level deal with problems that were brought to their attention?



5. What processes were in place to assess the performance of the homes and what action was taken as a result of any problems that were identified?



6. Were there any mechanisms in operation to allow children to report their concerns in safety and what action was taken if and when concerns were voiced



The above is taken from P19/2011 tabled by the former Deputy of St Martin Bob Hill.  They were his recommendations for the terms of reference for the Committee of Enquiry.   The former States Assembly voted through 1,2, and 5. How or why did they come to the conclusion that the other parts were not necessary? I find this amazing I really do.  I shouldn't be surprised at the voting in the States but sometimes you just have to sit back and say what the heck was that all about.



The other TOR that managed to sneak through was the amendment by Deputy Tadier which was;


DEPUTY M. TADIER OF ST. BRELADE



“7. Was a consistent and impartial approach taken when deciding on which cases to prosecute; and was the process free from political influence or interference at any level?”.



THE TADIER AMENDMENT



P19/2011




As you can imaging Senator Bailhache is highly conflicted with the Tadier Amendment as it looks at the Law Office. These issues must be highlighted. We must also be noted that his brother William Bailhache was Attorney General in 2008. The Law firm Bailhache & Labesse represented the Abuse Victims of Blanche Pierre and the collapsing of their case. You can read more on this here;



BLANCHE PIERRE



As we come to the end of 2011 I will be publishing some of my old blog postings & having a look back over the Year. 



It has been a long and rewarding year. As you will be aware this is done in my spare time. The researching and investigative work is done in spare time. What we have uncovered is shocking. The Jersey Media have uncovered nothing apart from a press release over these past 3 years. They don't ask any questions that might  vindicate the actions of Graham Power, Lenny Harper and  the team that worked under them in exposing the decades of Child Abuse in the care homes of Jersey.



Why can that be? What is the real reason that the Jersey MSM suffered a lobotomy when it came to the Jersey Historical Abuse Enquiry? The facts and evidence speak for themselves. In the New Year I will be also having a very serious look at the the Toxic Edifice that is the Jersey Evening Post. This will be highlighted when I start looking at the work of outside Media Consultant Matt Tapp. If people thought their reporting of the BDO findings was nothing short of a disgrace then you will be further shocked next year. 



As we look forward to 2012 there will be no let up in  our Investigative work


Stuart Syvret will be out of Prison in January fully reseted and ready for his continued battles against our Judiciary. HIs work is all entwined with the Child Abuse Investigation and their paths will cross during the Committtee of Enquiry.


Decades of Abuse occurred and no one knew?



No one complained? 



No one approached the Police? The Media? The Health & Social Services?



Read the case of Blanche Pierre to get a little idea of how certain paths will cross



BLANCHE PIERRE-1



BLANCHE PIERRE-2



BLANCHE PIERRE-3




Rico Sorda 



Team Voice


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

THE MATT TAPP REPORT -1



SOJP











The Matt Tap Report -1




David Warcup - Deputy Chief Of Police / Acting Chief of Police - September 08 to December 2010



Mick Gradwell - D/Supt also SIO of Jersey's Historic Child Abuse Investigation (HCAE) September 08-09



Matt Tapp - 



Media consultancy Talking Heads has recruited Cambridgeshire Police's corporate communications head Matt Tapp. 


He joins the Cambridge-based firm as managing partner with specific responsibility for expanding its public sector client base. 


Experienced consultant Mike Robinson will continue to head up the private sector media and presentation training while Tapp moves the business into new areas. 


Talking Heads delivers media management consultancy and training, either in-house at its fully equipped TV and radio studio, or on-site. With presentation and message delivery expertise, it will now also expand into crisis management and specialist PR. 


Tapp, 38, was persuaded to move into the business arena after a long and successful career in news journalism and police public relations. 


For the last four years he has co-directed the national police press officer training programme and delivered lectures throughout Britain on media management, multi-agency response, risk and crisis management. 


He is a serving member of the Home Office Counter Terrorist team, advising UK and overseas law enforcement agencies on the media aspects of terrorist incidents. 


During his career Tapp has been asked to review the media handling of major incidents by a number of Police forces and is currently assisting in the review of the investigation into the murder of black musician Michael Menson in the Metropolitan Police area. 


He joins Talking Heads after seven years as Director of Corporate Information at Cambridgeshire Police. 


'After such a high profile job in a progressive police force like Cambridgeshire it was always going to take a dynamic, forward-thinking and exciting company to make me change tack,' said Tapp. 


'Talking Heads is already well established with the private sector in the East Anglia region and has blue chip clients like WorldCom and Arthur Andersen under its belt; but the other partners felt I could put my considerable experience in the public sector to use as a consultant. 


'I'm looking forward to the challenge.' 


Tapp trained as a journalist in Sussex and moved on to news editing three evening newspapers in the Midlands before joining Warwickshire Police as its force press officer in 1992. 


During his time there he dealt with the M40 minibus crash, cases of kidnap and product contamination and more than 30 murder inquiries before moving to Cambridgeshire in 1994. 


In the last seven years he's dealt with a range of high profile national incidents including the IRA jailbreak from HMP Whitemoor, the Rikki Neave murder, the runaway foster family and the jailing of a police sergeant for a series of rapes. 


Last year he was awarded a Chief Constable's commendation for his handling of the Bramley case. 


Talking Heads was started in 1999 as part of the Mason's News Group, which runs one of Britain's biggest press and television agencies from its Cambridge headquarters. 


Group Managing Partner Dave Moreau said: 'We're absolutely delighted to be able to offer our clients someone with Matt's experience in such a wide range of public sector issues. 


'I've got no doubt the heads of private firms will also benefit from his strategic thinking on news management and how to deal with a potential public crisis.' 




What I will be looking at is how the work of Police Media Consultant Matt Tapp all of a sudden became the Holy Grail in the Jersey HCAE.  I have become very concerned about these consultants . We have seen what can happen with these consultants during the course of the Home Affairs Sub Panels Review into  BDO's review into the financial management of Operation Rectangle. 



But now we have another one that  goes by the name of Matt Tapp. Im not suggesting for one moment Matt Tapp has done anything wrong. His involvement and his work must be looked at.



David Warcup brought Matt Tapp over in September 2008



What did Brian Napier say was happening behind Graham Powers back in 2008? More on that later.



How did Tapp's work end up with the Defence Team?  



 Are we seeing a pincer movement on the former Chief of Police who was looking in a very vunurable position with Deputy Andrew Lewis sitting in as Home Affairs Minister.



Just like I did with the BDO Review I'm following my instinct on this one.  It might lead nowhere or it could lead to September 3rd 2009 I just don't know.



Before we go heavily into the reasons for his work and where he and his work ended up I first want to go back to what David Warcup said on leaving the Jersey Police Force in December 2010 and the the Statement on the closing down of the Jersey HCAE. This is very important for reasons I will be pointing out in the comment section so this doesn't end up being a long posting.



Former Acting Chief of Police Warcup did give evidence to the Sub Panel unlike his SIO who  turned into Lord Lucan



The Reason for putting up the Operation Rectangle Statement is simple



When you read  it; Remember those are not figures or stats that you are reading 



 Those are the Innocent Children who suffered terribly in the care of the States of Jersey



Rico Sorda 



Team Voice




Warcup article. 


Jersey Evening Post, 21st December, 2010. 


Introduction.  


RETIRED acting police chief David Warcup has said that if he had not raised concerns about the historical child abuse inquiry it is unlikely that there would have been any convictions.  In his view, If a press conference had not taken place refuting claims of possible child murders at Haut de la Garenne, lawyers representing those accused of child abuse might successfully have claimed that their clients could not get a fair trial.

  

Speaking last week before he left the force on Friday after deciding that he no longer wanted to be police chief, Mr Warcup said that the actions he took were the right and proper thing to do.  ‘I recognise that if I had not taken this action the prosecution of offenders alleged to have been responsible for serious child offences would not have succeeded,’ he said.  In the interview on page 12, Mr Warcup also says that if there had been police authority in the Island when he was raising these concerns with former police chief Graham Power, the situation would not have escalated in the way it did.   Mr Warcup was the victim of stinging criticism on some blogs, which he has described as ‘totally unfounded allegations’.  ‘Serious consideration should be given in Jersey and the UK to how to deal with unfounded allegations made on the internet which could be distressing for those concerned.’ he said.  



Warcup JEP Interview, page 12. 



Warcup JEP Interview, page 12. 


WHEN David Warcup stood in the Royal Court in August 2008 and took the oath of office as the acting police chief he was full of expectation about what lay ahead.  The former deputy chief constable of Northumbria Police and his family had sold their home there in the belief that they would be settling in the Island.  With 32 years of policing experience behind him, Mr Warcup had been led to expect when he was appointed in the acting post that he would take over from police chief Graham Power on his retirement. ‘I considered it to be a new stage in my career,’ he said, ‘and came to Jersey anticipating that I would be carrying out the job for a number of years.’  What actually happened was a far cry from his positive expectations. Last week he left the States police after deciding that he no longer wanted the top job. ‘I have not fulfilled my ambition because of matters outside my control,’ he said.  


Mr Warcup said that even before he took up his post he realised, through reports and comments in the media, that there were concerns about the historical child abuse inquiry. Within a few weeks of arriving in the island he became aware, by speaking to people inside and outside the force, of public concern about the way in which the inquiry was being run. 


One of the major problems in intervening was that any criticism of the supervision of the inquiry including the handling of the media by former deputy police chief Lenny Harper, was implied criticism of Mr Power, who was his boss.  Mr Warcup believed that some lurid reports in the national media of possible child murders at Haut de La Garenne could seriously jeopardise the prosecutions for child abuse going to trial A review of the evidence available from the inquiry including items uncovered during the excavation at the former children’s home, led him and the new senior investigating officer, Det Supt Mick Gradwell, to believe that no such crimes had taken place  ‘The more information I gathered and examined, the more I realised that there were issues which needed addressing,’ he said.


  At that time, some States Members and others were also calling into question the handling of the inquiry. Mr Warcup faced the problem of persuading Mr Power that the public should be informed of the truth, and that the risk of the prosecution cases collapsing had to be reduced.  ‘I could have made life easy for myself and turned a blind eye, but because of my values I couldn’t do that,’ he said. ‘In all my years of policing I have never walked away from a difficult situation, but this was one of the most challenging I have faced.’ 

 

The Attorney General, William Bailhache, was among those who raised concerns about the police’s media strategy during the inquiry and its possible prejudicial effects on forthcoming prosecutions.  MR Warcup unsuccessfully tried to persuade Mr Power that a press conference ought to be staged to put the record straight. ‘It remains a disappointment to me that I couldn’t resolve that situation with Mr. Power and find an appropriate way forward, he said.  It was when Mr Warcup received an interim report from the Metropolitan police which questioned the handling of the inquiry that he put pen to paper.  Asked by States chief executive Bill Ogley to produce a report detailing his concerns, Mr Warcup expressed them in a letter to him which was received two days before Mr Power was suspended. That suspension took place on the same day that Mr Warcup and Mr Gradwell led a press conference refuting claims that child murders could have taken place.  


An independent report by the Wiltshire Constabulary seriously criticised Mr Power’s supervision of the inquiry - the biggest policing operation in the island in living memory - and recommended that he should face disciplinary action.  Mr Warcup believes that raising his concerns about the inquiry and staging the press conference to refute claims of child murders were the right and proper things to do. ‘I recognise that if I had not taken this action, the prosecution of offenders alleged to have been responsible for serious child offences would not have succeeded he said.  Several months after that press conference, some defence lawyers unsuccessfully argued In the Royal Court that because of lurid media stories about the case, there had been abuse of process. 

 

In Mr Warcup’s view it would have been a travesty if those prosecutions had not gone ahead. ‘Fortunately all the lurid claims were addressed at the police conference, the prosecutions went ahead and justice was gained for a number of victims,’ he said.  With the inquiry ending with just seven convictions for child abuse out of a total of 192 victims being identified during police inquiries, Mr Warcup said he realised that some abuse victims would be disappointed that those who assaulted them had not been prosecuted. ‘The small number of prosecutions reflects similar cases in the UK, where there have also been very few people brought to justice following a major historical child abuse inquiry’ he said.  Problems faced in these investigations he said, included the need to secure enough evidence for a prosecution to go ahead, and the lengthy time which had passed since the alleged offenses took place. ‘It is essential for an effective criminal justice system that the proper standards of assessment of evidence are applied’, he said.  With Mr Power remaining suspended d until he retired in the summer, Mr Warcup took on the reins of the force during that difficult time.  But after two years of running the force in an acting role, Mr Warcup no longer wanted to be appointed as police chief. He attributes the decision to the uncertainty over whether his appointment as police chief would be confirmed. While that went on. he was unable to buy a house in the island. ‘It was a very upsetting period which was clearly affecting my personal life, he said.  


He was taken aback by criticism by some States Members about his involvement in Mr Power's suspension, although he had the full support of Home Affairs Minister Ian be Marquand, who believed he should become police chief. 

 

Mr Warcup said that policing could be challenging and that it was important to receive a broad mandate to do the job. ‘It became clear that not all States members supported me in becoming police chief. Although It was a small group, that situation could have made my tenure very difficult,’ he said.  


He added that he respected the right of politicians to challenge public servants and call them to account, but in some cases those people did not have the right of reply he said.  Mr Warcup was the victim of stinging comments on some Internet blogs about his role In Mr Power's suspension.  ‘In some public-service roles you must have broad shoulders, but in this case my integrity was being called into question by totally unfounded suggestions and allegations’ he said. 

 

In his view, serious consideration needed to be given in Jersey and the UK in how to deal with unfounded allegations made on the Internet which could be very distressing for those concerned. It is wrong to treat people in this way particularly those who are not in a position to defend themselves.’  Mr Warcup said that had there been a police authority in the island when he had faced the dilemma about what to do about his concerns over the inquiry the situation could have been prevented from escalating so much. ‘A police authority which has the trust of the public and able to challenge the force over how they are delivering policing to the community would have examined the concerns being raised in some areas’ he said.  Mr Warcup’s role in Mr Power’s suspension came in for some criticism from employment law expert Brian Napier QC in his report on the way It was carried out. Mr Napier said, however, that Mr Warcup had found himself in an extraordinarily difficult situation and was genuinely concerned to do the right thing.  


Mr Warcup absolutely rejects Mr Napier’s criticism, saying that he failed to raise issues he mentioned in the report to him during their three hour discussion, and did not make clear in his report exactly what he meant by his criticism.  ‘I don’t think the Napier report is a complete assessment of the full circumstances which existed at the time, or that Mr Napier was in possession of all of the facts,’ Mr Warcup said. He counts among his achievements while in the post as working with acting deputy police chief Barry Taylor to introduce an improved system of succession planning and leadership training. There had also been improved efficiency in managing calls from the public, more effective use of resources, and levels of crime had dropped. And public satisfaction of police services, shown in surveys, remained high, he said.

 

Mr Warcup’s experience of life in Jersey has been far from totally negative, however and he has enjoyed many of the other challenges which his job brought with it.  ‘I hope I have left a positive legacy and a platform on which the new police chief can build a force,’ he said. He also has a fondness for the island which he regards as a safe and pleasant place in which to live.  Returning with his wife to the northeast of England, he will be seeking a new role outside policing and from time to time, they intend to come back to the island to visit friends they have made here.  



PRESS RELEASE 

OPERATION RECTANGLE  


Following the conclusion of the trial involving Morag and Tony Jordan, the States of Jersey Police confirm that there are no further Court cases outstanding in relation to the historical abuse enquiry, known as Operation Rectangle carried out by the force between September, 2007 and December, 2010.   The completion of this case marks the end of a thorough and detailed enquiry into allegations of historical abuse within the child care system in Jersey during the period from 1941 to 2009. 


The scope of the enquiry, the details of which are set out below, dealt with offences committed in children’s homes, institutions and private residences within the Island.  A major part of the enquiry focused on matters at the former children’s home Haut de la Garenne, where enquiries covered the period between 1960 to 1986, when the home closed. 


During the lifetime of Operation Rectangle: 


1,776 statements were taken. 

 

9,874 documents were collated during the enquiry, with 4,620 exhibits seized. 

  

533 offences were reported and recorded under the National Crime Recording Standards. Under these standards, one offence is recorded for either a single offence or series of similar offences against one victim by the same alleged offender. 

 

Of the total of 533 offences, 274 were alleged sexual offences; 238 were offences of assault, ill-treatment or neglect, 17 were offences of Grave and Criminal Assault and there were four other offences. 

 

315 offences were reported as being committed at Haut de la Garenne; 66 at other homes or institutions and 152 at places where children were fostered or in private addresses. 

 

43% of all offences allegedly committed at Haut de la Garenne were sexual offences. 84% of all offences in foster care or private residences were sexual offences. 


Eight people (seven men and one woman) have been charged and tried before the Courts in Jersey with seven successful prosecutions resulting from these cases.  


The eight people were prosecuted for a total of 145 offences (27%).   

As a result of the complaints received, 151 named offenders were identified, 41 other offenders were not identified. 

A total of 192 individual victims were identified. 


30 of the named offenders were identified as having died before the enquiry was undertaken. 


The total policing costs of the Historical Abuse Enquiry to date is £7,574,636, of which £5,088,328 is staff costs and £2,486,308 comprising non-staff costs (e.g. accommodation, travel and forensic costs). 

Where appropriate, legal advice was obtained to determine if there was sufficient evidence to justify proceedings. In recent months, the investigating team has also undertaken a detailed and thorough re-examination of all of the evidence to ensure that there were no potential lines of enquiry which remained outstanding.  David Warcup, Acting Chief Officer of the States of Jersey Police, said: “Investigations of this nature are particularly difficult and protracted, especially for the victims, and officers have worked hard to ensure that the needs of victims have been met. Every allegation or complaint has been given full and proper consideration and all possible lines of enquiry have been pursued. “At this point in time, there is no evidence from which it would be possible to mount any further prosecutions. “Should evidence become available then the force will review this to determine what, if any, further action should be taken. 

The States of Jersey Police will continue to investigate all allegations of abuse, whether historical or current, thoroughly and sensitively. The force has highly skilled, specialist officers trained in this area of work, and the States of Jersey Police remain committed to bringing offenders to justice.” 

The NCRS is the method by which forces record crime to ensure standardisation throughout the UK and Channel Islands.  Under these rules, if a victim is repeatedly subjected to the same offence by the same offender it counts only as one offence for recording purposes. However, if an independent person commits a second crime, then this should be counted separately. The test to be applied in respect of recording a crime is that of the balance of probabilities i.e. is the incident more likely than not the result of a criminal act? In most cases, the belief by the victim (or person reasonably assumed to be acting on behalf of the victim) that a crime has occurred is sufficient to justify its recording, although this will not be the case in all circumstances.  In a number of cases victims were unable to clarify or recall how many times they had been subject to violence or assault