Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Jep Editorial


DEPT/SUPT MICK GRADWELL



From: rico sorda 

Subject: THE JERSEY EVENING POST

To: i.gorst@gov.je

Cc: i.lemarquand@gov.je, A.Breckon@gov.je, "Jersey Care Leavers Association" , "ben queree" , "Deirdry" , dsimon@jerseyeveningpost.com, "jep" , "Francis" , g.southern@gov.je, "jon gripton" , "roy herissier" , j.hilton@gov.je, j.lef@gov.je, j.lesueurgallichan@gov.je, j.macon@gov.je, j.reed@gov.je, k.lewis@gov.je, l.norman@gov.je, m.tadier@gov.je, mr.higgins@gov.je, news@channeltv.co.uk, p.ozouf@gov.je, "p.rondel"
, "Sean Power" , "Paul Routier"
, r.duhamel@gov.je, s.crowcroft@gov.je, s.pitman@gov.je, s.yates@gov.je, s.ferguson@gov.je, t.pitman@gov.je, t.vallois@gov.je
Date: Tuesday, 10 January, 2012, 20:32






Dear States Members & Associated Media


As some of you will be aware I have been investigating the Historical Abuse Enquiry for some years now.  During the course of my Investigations I have been shocked many times over by the reporting of the Jersey Evening Post.  


The Editorial that appeared in tonight's JEP has got to be the worst so far in it's shameful and remorseless denigration of the Abuse victims and the Investigation 
led by  Graham Power  QPM & Lenny Harper. 


I wonder if the person who wrote this laughable & shameful piece had even read the excellent Home Affairs Scrutiny Sub Panel Report into the BDO ALTO's  review of Financial Matters regarding Operation Rectangle.


The Editor of the JEP seems to think that a Senior Investigating Officer who is leaking confidential information that is not his to leak to a Journalist who is openly trashing the Jersey Child Abuse Investigation in the Daily Mail with sensationalist headlines during a live investigation is a "Whistleblower"


This is now 2012 and yet the JEP editorial team are displaying the very nature & actions  that left children so vulnerable for many decades in Jersey.


Just have a real good look at this Editorial and anybody who has any concerns towards the safety of children in Jersey had better start asking some serious questions of the paper or more importantly it's editorial team.


The JEP Editorial says;

"Mr Gradwell was brought in after the retirement of the deputy chief officer of the States police, Lenny Harper, to try to make sense of an inquiry which had dragged Jersey’s good name through the mud but had resulted in few prosecutions and no evidence whatsoever of the high-level conspiracies and cover-ups that some still continue to insist must have been at the heart of the matter"
"Wrongly, he reached the conclusion that the botched business should receive the oxygen of publicity at the earliest possible moment. That he should have waited until the official report into the whole matter could be published is beyond question.
Always Jersey's good name before the Victims of Abuse. The 4 people who were pulled in and arrested, sentenced who had connections to the Jersey Care Homes all happened when Lenny Harper was Senior Investigating Officer. What is Mr Editor referring to as a "BOTCHED BUSINESS" . Not enough arrests for Mr Editor. 


The Editor says;
"However, if Mr Gradwell’s timing was at fault as far as the dissemination of information was concerned, the findings of his inquiry remain as sound as they ever were. Criticism of his unprofessional handling of the information he gathered does not undermine the conclusions he was forced to draw from what he discovered relating to the chaotic search at Haut de la Garenne and to the resources that had been poured into the case. He quite correctly identified the frantic pursuit of forensic evidence that was never there and the profligate expenditure of public funds that ensued in that fruitless effort."
The fact that the JEP is calling D/Supt Mick Gradwell a "WHISTLEBLOWER" says a lot about them and the toxicity they have continued to display towards Victims of Abuse. Anyone with an ounce of goodness in them will know that action needs to be taken against this paper. I believe the place for this is at a Committee of Enquiry. I also want to give evidence at the Committee of Enquiry where I can hand my dossier of the JEP and other Jersey Media outlets over.


The Children of Jersey past and present need this to stop and it must stop now.


Only the Editors of this paper know why they continue to whistle dixie in the face of concrete evidence produced on the blogs and elsewhere.


The Editors must explain why they have never given the Victims of Abuse a chance. 

This Editorial is complete and utter nonsense.
 I could write a book on it's nonsense 
Why did the Investigation into Historic Child Abuse in Jersey Care Homes scare so many people?
The Victims said they never trusted the Police - and the local Media never did anything.
WELL THE JEP AND D/SUPT MICK GRADWELL HAS PROVED THEM RIGHT AGAIN
Sickening just Sickening


Kind Regards 


Rico Sorda


Policeman who blew the whistle
Tuesday 10th January 2012, 3:00PM GMT.
HOME Affairs Minister Ian Le Marquand has criticised Mick Gradwell, the detective who swept up the mess left in the wake of the historical child abuse inquiry, for leaking information to the press. Senator Le Marquand was right to do so, but it is only fair to ask why the detective felt compelled to spill the beans to the national media, notably the Daily Mail.
Mr Gradwell was brought in after the retirement of the deputy chief officer of the States police, Lenny Harper, to try to make sense of an inquiry which had dragged Jersey’s good name through the mud but had resulted in few prosecutions and no evidence whatsoever of the high-level conspiracies and cover-ups that some still continue to insist must have been at the heart of the matter. What his inquiries revealed clearly conflicted with the standards that he believed should characterise a properly conducted investigation into alleged crimes of the most serious nature.
Wrongly, he reached the conclusion that the botched business should receive the oxygen of publicity at the earliest possible moment. That he should have waited until the official report into the whole matter could be published is beyond question.
However, if Mr Gradwell’s timing was at fault as far as the dissemination of information was concerned, the findings of his inquiry remain as sound as they ever were. Criticism of his unprofessional handling of the information he gathered does not undermine the conclusions he was forced to draw from what he discovered relating to the chaotic search at Haut de la Garenne and to the resources that had been poured into the case. He quite correctly identified the frantic pursuit of forensic evidence that was never there and the profligate expenditure of public funds that ensued in that fruitless effort.
We might call Mr Gradwell a whistle-blower, though, it must be said, one who could have envisaged the legitimate means of publishing information which the public deserved to hear without resorting to whistle-blowing. If he deserves that label, it is ironic that those who are keenest to attack his approach and his findings are very eager to uphold the general principle of whistle-blowing – provided that it suits their agenda and their entrenched interpretation 

37 comments:

M. Andrews said...

I sat down with my family this evening for dinner. I read out the editorial comment and it was greeted by a stunned silence.

5 adults and 1 child aged 14 all reached the same conclusion. We, as a family, have agreed, never to buy this paper again.

Yesterday at the Leveson Inquiry Kelvin Mackenzie made the point that the only way to ensure news paper proprieters told the truth was to fine them heavily should they seek to perpetuate lies. In the absence of a local Press Complaints Comission they only way to see a gradual demise of this 'paper' is to no longer buy it.

May the axe fall quicker then they ever imagined.

Anonymous said...

You can not forget how many cases were never prosecuted. I read a comment on Ians blog it was from Carrie I am assuming from the care leavers association.

That her own case was never heard.

I would like to know how many cases Mr. Gradwell took or sent (whatever is the procedure) to the law officers for prosecution. This type of information should come out in the committee of inquiry.

Anonymous said...

Why the big fuss? So the JEP write an opinion, so what? Why get so het up about it and send e-mails?

voiceforchildren said...

Rico.

The good old JEP showing total disregard to the documented facts and evidence. Gradwell should be brought back to face disciplinary, if not criminal charges, based on the facts and evidence. The JEP call him a "whistle Blower?" If it was Lenny Harper, or Graham Power who had been allegedly leaking confidential data to a "journalist" (during a live Child Abuse Enquiry) with a history of supporting convicted paedophiles would the JEP be calling them a "whistle blower?"

The JEP has shown total disregard to the 4 ACPO Reports, the Wiltshire Report, affidavits, the Scrutiny Sub Panel's Report and just about any "evidence" that shows Mick Gradwell to be lees than credible.

"Journalism" JEP style.

rico sorda said...

"Why the big fuss? So the JEP write an opinion, so what? Why get so het up about it and send e-mails?"

Decades of Child Abuse in the Care of the States of Jersey

rs

rico sorda said...

This is what the JEP editorial doesn't want it's readers to know.

Mike Kellett was the police consultant who worked to some mysterious TOR's whilst working on the BDO Report. It was his work that was leaked by the Whistle Blower Mick Gradwell




http://thejerseyway.blogspot.com/2011/06/gradwell-leaked-report.html


This is what Mike Kellett says in his submission;


24. For the reasons set out in the written submission of BDO Alto, it is clear that it was not an ‘interim report’ or the consolidated report that was leaked to the newspaper but rather content of the drafts of sections of my contribution to the report.

25. My practice during the review was to forward the first drafts of sections of my report to the Acting Chief Officer, to Mr Gradwell, to the Wiltshire team and to BDO Alto. Only BDO Alto were sent updated drafts, as and when amendments were subsequently made to the originals.

26. Some days after the article had appeared, I received a telephone call from Mr Gradwell in which he admitted that he had been responsible for the leak.

27. I received two further telephone calls from Mr Gradwell on 26th June 2011 and 1st July 2011, concerning the establishment of this Sub Panel and he again acknowledged that he had been responsible.



This is taken from the evidence given by Police consultant Mike Kellett & BDO on Friday, 15th July 2011

Police Consultant:

The circumstances of the source are as set down in my written submission. The source was [retired D/Superintendent]. He has admitted that to me in telephone conversations. He first telephoned me about a week or so after the article appeared. I had already worked out that it was probably him.

Deputy R.G Le Hérrisier:
Yes.

Police Consultant:
I deplore what he did. I have told him I deplore what he did. In terms of why he did it, you would have to ask him. He says - so what he told me - and he has repeated that in recent telephone conversations that he has made to me arising out of the establishment of this Panel that he did not give copies of my written work, but he disclosed the contents of some of them to a reporter. It was not BDO at all. It is not me. It was not Wiltshire or [then Acting Police Chief]. It was [retired D/Superintendent].

rico sorda said...

This is what David Warcup said.


The disclosures by Mr Gradwell to the media on his departure from Jersey were not authorised or approved by myself or any other person in the States of Jersey Police. They were made without my knowledge, were inappropriate and could have jeapoardised the objectivity and fairness of the Wiltshire Enquiry.

It is not within my knowledge who was responsible or what information was given to the media in October 2009. I can state that the States of Jersey police did not approve or authorise any such disclosure.

rico sorda said...

FRom the Scrutiny Sub Panels Findings;


• It is clear from the evidence we have received that Mr. Gradwell was responsible for leaking information from draft sections of the work which Mr. Kellett had prepared for the BDO Alto review. The information was published in an article in the Mail on Sunday in October 2009 but it also appears to have been made available to Channel Television for a programme in September 2009.

Mr. Gradwell also gave an interview to the Jersey Evening Post in which he voiced extensive negative comments on the investigation carried out by his predecessor which he labelled ‘a poorly managed mess’. The disclosure of information from the review of financial management was then part of a broader criticism of the investigation by Mr. Gradwell.

Mr. Gradwell’s views on the investigation were already well known. As Senior Investigating Officer he had been a key figure in the press conference on 12th November 2008 which had called into question the previous direction of the investigation. Mr. Rose had previously written a number of other articles critical of Mr. Harper’s conduct of the investigation going back to May 2008 (18.05.08; 24.05.08, 15.11.08). In May 2008 he made a reference to the ‘leaked’ cost of the investigation (£6.5milion) but did not develop any criticism. In his article in November 2008 in which he interviewed Mr. Gradwell he stated that the police were said to be concerned at the enquiry’s profligate spending (eg decision to send two officers first class to Australia and a £100,000 bill for the use of Eddie the sniffer dog). In the course of the article he stated that he had obtained confidential documents including an email from Mr. Harper and the official log book kept by the forensic science team.

Channel Television also appeared to have access to information from the review into the financial management of the HDLG enquiry. In their two programmes in September 2009 they interviewed Mr. Gradwell on his retirement and referred to a number of specific details from the BDO Alto report such as dinners in specific London restaurants, overnight stays for one hour meetings and the failure to appoint a finance manager.

Anonymous said...

Why get upset?

This was Jersey's chance at cleaning up a system, a whole system, government police politicians centeniers where victims felt able to go to the police in good faith.

Gist of what we are told through the State media is the cops investigating the victims statements, trashed the Islands reputation,the investigation cost way too much money there were no bodies.

Mr. Gradwell and Warcup were Saviours who cleared it all up.

Case closed. Until next time.

Le marinel said...

Warcup says;

"The disclosures by Mr Gradwell to the media on his departure from Jersey were not authorised or approved by myself or any other person in the States of Jersey Police. They were made without my knowledge, were inappropriate and could have jeapoardised the objectivity and fairness of the Wiltshire Enquiry."

What he fails to mention is the damage this will have caused to the potential prosecution of child sex offenders. F*ck Wiltshire. Gradwell was going for gold during a live investigation.

Except we all now know that he wasn't the slightest bit interested in the conviction of child abusers.

If there are no child abusers being protected by the Crown then all this boils down to political opinion management in the name of Jersey's reputation.

Makes me sick to admit to being a Jerseyman.

Anonymous said...

A very interesting development in Operation Eleveden today:

Ex-Cop Dave Cook Held Over Press Leaks

Rico, given that Mr Gradwell was apparently "seconded" to the States of Jersey Police, then surely that means that his legal employer was Lancashire Police at the time of the leaks, was it not? Or am I wrong?

The unauthorised leaks were to a UK journalist on a UK newspaper.

WHO was Mr Gradwell's legal employer at the time?

Listen to the audio on the Sky link above. It seems to me that a complaint to both a) The UK Independent Police Complaints Commission and b) The Operation Elveden team would be entirely in order, in the circumstances.

If you can't make the complaint (there's nothing to stop a Jersey resident reporting a potential UK crime, is there?) then maybe those UK residents Graham Power or Lenny Harper could make the complaint?

Anonymous said...

The Guardian has more on the Dave Cook arrest, and the powers of the IPCC:

<a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/jan/10/scotland-yard-officer-arrested>http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/jan/10/scotland-yard-officer-arrested</a>

rico sorda said...

Will check it out cheers. Your link set up was correct but you forgot to use higher case.

Thanks

rs

rico sorda said...

Sky sources have revealed the identity of man arrested over allegations of leaking information to a journalist as former detective chief superintendent Dave Cook.

Sky News crime correspondent Martin Brunt said: "He was quite a high profile murder investigator who naturally had contact with a number of crime reporters."After leaving the Metropolitan Police several years ago it is understood Mr Cook went on to work for the Serious Organised Crimes Agency.

The 52-year-old was arrested at home in Berkshire on Tuesday morning, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said.

It said in a statement: "The arrest is the result of information passed to the IPCC by the Metropolitan Police Service team investigating Operation Elveden and relates to the alleged passing of unauthorised information to a journalist."Brunt said: "It emerged he had been put under surveillance a few years ago by the News of the World (NOTW) who claimed to be investigating his private life but at the time Mr Cook was investigating an unsolved murder case from many years ago and one of the suspects was an investigator for the newspaper."

The News Of The World closed after 168 years of publication

Operation Elveden is the probe into payments to police officers from journalists and was prompted by documents provided by News International (NI) and the NOTW. The separate investigation into phone hacking, prompted by the activities at the NOTW, is known as Operation Weeting. Nine suspects have now been arrested as part of Operation Elveden.

Sir Paul Stephenson, the then Met commissioner, said in July that evidence from the publisher suggested a small number of officers were involved.

Last month, a 52-year-old woman, understood to be a member of the force's specialist operations branch, was arrested on suspicion of receiving illegal payments.
Others questioned as part of the inquiry include former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, ex-Downing Street communications chief Andy Coulson, former NOTW managing editor Stuart Kuttner, the paper's former royal editor Clive Goodman, and a 63-year-old man whose identity has not been disclosed.
Mrs Brooks and Mr Coulson are both former editors of the tabloid, which was closed last July at the height of the hacking scandal following revelations that murdered teenager Milly Dowler's phone was involved.
In addition to the scandal prompting closure of the NOTW after 168 years, it led to a major public inquiry, and forced the resignation of Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Paul and assistant commissioner John Yates.

siobhain said...

people can close there eyes to corruption, but would you push it under a mat if it was happening to you!, if your life or someone close to you had there life ripped away, would you also say it dosnt matter shit happens, i dont think so!!, you can never feel someones pain untill you have walked in there shoes, the fact so much corruption happens is cause no one has the balls to fight it. respect to the fighters of the cause!!

Baz said...

Just added the following to their comments, wonder if they'll censor it? :

"resulted in few prosecutions"?
ALL the prosecutions are thanks to the work done by Lenny Harper in the first phases of the investigation.

"forensic evidence that was never there"
Just because the 'coconut' (never proved one way or another) was dated to before the era being investigated, it doesn't mean the whole thing was a waste of time.

Funny how we never hear about the dozens of "fleshed and fresh) bones and loads of teeth (with roots attached) isn't it?

Rob Kent said...

Shame Gradwell has retired otherwise we could pursue a complaint against him.

Also, in case the JEP don't know it, a whistleblower is someone who firstly tries to alert her superiors to wrong-doing within their organisation. When nobody listens to her, or she is persecuted for her attempts to reveal the truth, she may then become a whistleblower.

Since everyone above Gradwell knew what he knew and was in agreement with him - in fact, he had been brought in to do the very job he was doing for them - how could he possibly be a whistleblower?

I mean, who did he try to alert beforehand? Warcup? Le Marquand? The AG? I bet they all threatened him with retribution if he carried on making such derogatory and damaging allegations against Harper and Power, didn't they? No wonder he had to send drafts of confidential reports to a journalist.

Maybe the JEP should investigate whether Gradwell got paid for that information, because then he would have broken two laws.

By this editorial the JEP have demonstrated the bias they are accused of.

Anonymous said...

Rico have you had a response to this e-mail yet?

voiceforchildren said...

Rico.

The JEP Editorial discredited by LENNY HARPER

GeeGee said...

'He quite correctly identified the frantic pursuit of forensic evidence that was never there and the profligate expenditure of public funds that ensued in that fruitless effort'.

Whichever clown it was who wrote this piece of absolute nonsense has obviously been on a different planet for the last few years. Forensic evidence which was found included (and how many times does this have to be repeated) fleshed and fresh burnt bones, 65 childrens teeth in one spot, blood on a vanishing concrete bath in the cellars, a scribbled note desperately asking who would help someone who had been raped there, the unexplained lime pits, etc., etc.

And furthermore this - 'If he deserves that label, it is ironic that those who are keenest to attack his approach and his findings are very eager to uphold the general principle of whistle-blowing – provided that it suits their agenda and their entrenched interpretation'

What IS an entrenched interpretation is the lasting memory etched on the minds of those who were abused, some of whose cases were more horrific than those that went to the Courts, and have not yet seen justice, and all the abused who suffered. That is very entrnched indeed.

I hasten to add I am not an abuse survivor myself, but have seen the damage that has been caused to these people, and to think that any paper could stoop so low is beyond all comprehension to me.

rico sorda said...

Rico have you had a response to this e-mail yet?

Yes I have. I received a reply from Constable Crowcroft

I think he was along the same lines as me

JERSEY MSM = COMMITTEE OF ENQUIRY

rs

Anonymous said...

How did the JEP report on real whistleblowers, such as the one who Frank Walker had to sack for erm.. oh yes not only doing his job but effectively whistle blowing (Stuart) or the chap who got sacked by health for whistle blowing!

Gradwell wasn't bought in to continue with the investigation, there was no whistle blowing by him, there was some serious disciplinary type leaks of confidential police report, but that's okay!!! its whistle blowing eh? bulls**t.

Sack the JEP, they do not know whistle blowing when it is provided with real evidence.

Anonymous said...

in tonights JEP Ofcom have not upheld Mr. Harpers complaints regarding CTV's award winning documentary.
And the reason?
The programme did not mention him and made no explicit implied critism of him.
Therefore....no need to interview Mr. Harper in the programme.

Mr. Harper it would seem,should not have put in a personal complaint about how he was portrayed but as to how the investigation was portrayed.
Or am i to understand from this Ofcom decision that an event can be unfairly reported on as long as no one is named !!

xJHB

Mrs Le Quesne said...

Hello rico,

I was a bit confused by your earlier comment.

JERSEY MSM = COMMITTEE OF ENQUIRY

Can you elaborate a little.

Thanks

rico sorda said...

Hi,

The email I received from Constable Crowcroft regarding the JEP Editorial was simply that there is not much we can do except get them in front of a committee of enquiry.

I would also add that it is now time that there States yearly advertising fund is looked at. Why does this paper receive around £300,00 quid a year from us?

rs

Barry Le B said...

Why exactly! They could put all public notices on gov.je and also send out a monthly news sheet directly to every home in Jersey for less. That's a stone cold fact.

So why dont they?

Anonymous said...

The fact that the JEP is calling D/Supt Mick Gradwell a "WHISTLEBLOWER" says a lot about them and the toxicity they have continued to display towards Victims of Abuse. Anyone with an ounce of goodness in them will know that action needs to be taken against this paper. I believe the place for this is at a Committee of Enquiry. I also want to give evidence at the Committee of Enquiry where I can hand my dossier of the JEP and other Jersey Media outlets over.

You have nailed it on the head mate. Do many members get back to you on the issues you have raised by any chance.

Anonymous said...

The JEP editorial department is full of crooks and child abuse deniers and you should name them all so as to warn the public about these horrible evil people who run a corrupt newspaper paid off by the Government.

Anonymous said...

Hello mister Rico

Your favourite troll is working overtime on Channelonline putting fake posts from 'Alan' trying to defend Bailhache stealing the independent electoral commission. Is there no end to what they want to control and suppress?

Ian Evans said...

A Trilogy Of Rib Ticklers

PART 1

Part 2

Part 3

Anonymous said...

This blog relys on accuracy. Gee Gee please be careful.The following comment is not factual

......a scribbled note desperately asking who would help someone who had been raped there,......, etc.

GeeGee said...

I do apologise Rico/Anonymous.

Perhaps sometimes it is not good for me to comment in anger, but the graffiti did actually say 'I've been bad for years and years'.

This was found in the cellars which were not cellars!

rico sorda said...

GeeGee

Don't worry yourself. The comments section is there for people to comment. I was going to put up the information you refer to but have had some issues to deal with and have been a little busy.

I know what you were referring to.

rs

voiceforchildren said...

"This blog relys on accuracy. Gee Gee please be careful.The following comment is not factual

......a scribbled note desperately asking who would help someone who had been raped there,......, etc."

GeeGee.

You are correct, and the anonymous poster is not. The chilling inscription you mention has haunted me ever since reading it and it rads as follows.

“ *** ** **** RAPED HERE 17/9/76 WHO WILL SAVE US"

Taken from Operation Rectangle SUMMARY REPORT

Zoompad said...

"This was found in the cellars which were not cellars!"

I remember that as well. It's like a prayer for help. People talk about haunted houses, but I think places like that where children were abused and did graffitti are being haunted. When they put me in a Pindown home (Chadswells Assessment Centre) and put me in a cell I remember getting a spoon and trying to scrape the concrete holding the bars at the window, like they did in a film I saw. I remember scraping away like mad and not being able to do anything except make a few marks. I remember crying because I wanted to get out, because I was so scared of being locked up, squeezed in. It was frightening being locked up in a small space not being able to get out.

They won't be able to get rid of the ghosts of that sad place even if they paint over all the walls.

GeeGee said...

Thanks VFC and Rico - I knew I had read this somewhere and things like that are not easily forgotten.

rico sorda said...

This some of the attitude that ia alive and kicking in Jersey.

This is a Tweet I received

genuinejersey Percy Le Maistre
@
@RicoSorda Dear Sorda, I've been around too long to be taken in by doom merchants like you. Is it tax payers money you're after by chance?

This person - I don't think it's his real name - Obviously thinks I'm an Abuse Survivor - I'm not,

Im lucky as I was brought in a loving family environment where I was taught right and wrong.

I do what I do because I care about the people who were not as fortunate as I was.

That Tweet made me very angry. WHAT A SAD INDIVIDUAL.

rs