Sunday, June 30, 2013

SUNDAY EXPRESS - CORRUPTION IN JERSEY - TED JEORY INVESTIGATES


TED JEORY - HOME AFFAIRS EDITOR -SUNDAY EXPRESS

DEPUTY MIKE HIGGENS

EMMA MARTINS -DATA PROTECTION COMMISSIONER

JERSEY POLICE CHIEF - MIKE BOWRON AKA GAMESHOW  MIKE


Before we look at the piece written by Ted Jeory I would like to let  our readers know that late last year I was approached by a Documentary Team from the Uk and asked if I would talk to them about Jersey and the shocking murders committed by Damien Rzeszowski.  I agreed to be interviewed. The documentary is called "The Jersey Slayings."  It goes out  on their Crime and Investigation channel (553)at 9pm tonight, Sunday June 30th on Sky TV. 



It shows how far we have come as bloggers. We have worked with the Guardian, Sunday Express, Independent Journalists, The Inside- out team and now documentary film makers.  Even when some jersey editors  want to discredit us as conspiracy theorists we know that our message is getting out there. We will not stop in our pursuit of the truth - exposing  corruption and filling the deep void left by the Jersey Media who simply cannot and will not report on the real issues facing Jersey and it's people. This farce lies squarely at the door of the Editors. 

Voiceforchildren Blog will be doing a follow up posting on the alleged violent thug Mario Lundy. The Chief Executive of Education, here in Jersey, has been accused of battering defenceless children when he worked at Haut De La Garrene. Read about him here: 

http://ricosorda.blogspot.com/2013/06/mario-lundy-chief-executive-officer-of.html 


Rico Sorda Part Time Investigative Journalist 


Team Voice






"The accusations are so worrying that politicians and bloggers, including Rico Sorda and Neil McMurray, the island’s modern-day Bergeracs, are urging mainland Britain, which has been rocked by cover-ups and failures over the Hillsborough tragedy and Jimmy Savile, to take note. They warn a lack of transparency will always cause a breakdown of trust."


Stephen Lawrence smear investigation 'Institutional deceit' is damaging opinion of police

AS another storm swirled around Scotland Yard last week, sucking in officers over alleged secret smear operations against Stephen Lawrence’s family, three MPs boarded a plane for the Channel Island haven of Jersey.

By: Ted Jeory

Sir Alan Beith, Nick de Bois and Elfyn Llwyd, jetted out as part of a Commons inquiry into good governance in our Crown Dependencies.

As the plane prepared to land, passengers could peer down at meandering roads where a fictional television detective used to drive a spluttering Triumph Roadster. Eighties cop Jim Bergerac was synonymous with tenacious policing, a renegade who confronted authority but got the job done.
Thirty years on, the force he represented, the island he helped make famous, and even the daughter of the actor who played his character, are enveloped by dark and threatening clouds. Allegations of corruption, cover-ups, perverting the course of justice, and a culture of secrecy are being levelled at the Jersey establishment.

The accusations are so worrying that politicians and bloggers, including Rico Sorda and Neil McMurray, the island’s modern-day Bergeracs, are urging mainland Britain, which has been rocked by cover-ups and failures over the Hillsborough tragedy and Jimmy Savile, to take note. They warn a lack of transparency will always cause a breakdown of trust.

Eleven days ago, the Commons Justice Committee published a letter from Mike Higgins, a Deputy in Jersey’s States Assembly. He outlined evidence he has amassed about the island’s authorities. He is no lone voice: other deputies, including Trevor Pitman and his wife Shona, are battling with him, and at the top of their list of targets is the States of Jersey Police.
Mr Higgins says the force has consistently failed to “properly investigate” a series of claims, including allegations of fraud in the wealthy financial services sector, perjury by civil servants concerning wrongdoing by colleagues and perversion of the course of justice by fellow police officers.
In an ironic twist, Mr Higgins also says that Emma Martins, the daughter of Bergerac actor John Nettles, has failed to uphold islanders’ rights to information from the police in her role as Jersey’s Data Commissioner.

And he says Jersey’s Home Affairs Minister Ian Le Marquand has failed to take action on any of it. Jersey’s problems have been largely ignored by the mainstream media and it has been down to bloggers and politicians to probe the claims. When the MPs arrived last week, they were treated to a slap-up meal by ministers and officials in a Michelin-starred restaurant at the Atlantic Hotel. In contrast, Mr Higgins and the Pitmans got just a few minutes with the trio.




Mr Higgins told the Sunday Express: “It is said that the rule of law is an essential element in a democracy.“Parliaments pass laws, the police enforce them and the courts and judiciary deal with those who break them.

“But what happens when one or more of these institutions fails to do its duty? The lack of accountability and transparency by the States of Jersey Police and the failure of those responsible for overseeing them is seriously damaging the public’s trust in the police, the Island’s parliament, the Data Protection Commissioner and other institutions, such as the judiciary.”

The States of Jersey Police declined to comment and a spokesman for the Island’s Chief Minister Ian Gorst said: “The allegations made are vague and without foundation.”
Ms Martins did not respond to a request for comment.

Journalists Paul Lewis and Rob Evans provided shocking allegations in a new book, Undercover: The True Story of Britain’s Secret Police. However, as Mr Higgins spoke to the Sunday Express, a similar row over secrecy was stirring on the mainland. Last week’s revelations prompted Mr Mansfield to go further. “It’s institutionalised deceit,” he said.
They reported claims that a covert section of Scotland Yard had, in 1993, undertaken a surveillance and intelligence-gathering mission on the family and friends of murdered black teenager Stephen Lawrence – as they were still grieving.

The Lawrence family’s barrister Michael Mansfield QC was appalled. The 1999 Macpherson review into police failures around the investigation of Stephen’s death concluded Scotland Yard was “institutionally racist”.

Former Manchester detective Stephen Hayes believes it’s even more than that. In his book, Britain’s Biggest Gang, a reference to the police, he says cover-ups were nothing compared with the criminality of some officers.

He alleges they were a mafia mob in their own right, pilfering houses that had already been burgled, accepting bungs from criminals, and letting off prostitutes in return for “favours”.
His website, thebiggestganginbritain.com calls on other former officers to supply him evidence. “I want to draw back the veil on the reality of ‘old fashioned coppering’,” he says.




Tuesday, June 25, 2013

MARIO LUNDY - CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF EDUCATION

MARIO LUNDY -CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF EDUCATION -JERSEY CHANNEL ISLAND

HAUT DE LA GARENNE -WHERE MARIO LUNDY WORKED BETWEEN  1985 / 86




"COMMITTEE OF ENQUIRY"


"WILL THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF EDUCATION - MARIO LUNDY - BE SUBMITTING EVIDENCE?"


"HE WAS DESCRIBED AS BEING THE MOST VIOLENT AND CRUEL OF THEM ALL IN COURT EVEN THOUGH HE HAS NEVER BEEN CHARGED WITH ANY SAID OFFENCE"


"HISTORY MUST BE RECORDED"


The reason I'm asking this question is a simple one. 


Has Mario Lundy ever confirmed, publicly, that he was in charge at Haut De la Garenne between 1985 and 1986.


There have been numerous allegation about Mario Lundy. In court he was accused as being the "Most violent and cruel of them all" This can be viewed below. Mario Lundy was mentioned on numerous occasions during the trial of the Jordans. The Judge had to remind the everyone that Mr Lundy wasn't on trial and to refrain from using his name.





Is  "CEO" Lundy one of the protected ones? Could it be that his case was one of those "Not in the public Interest" cases. There is evidence to show that this might just be the case. Remember the Sworn Affidavit of Graham Power. In section 19 of said Affidavit it states:


19. The third example I have chosen relates to a Strategic Planning Workshop held at the St Pauls Centre on Friday 24th October 2008. The Workshop was attended by a number of senior public servants including myself and the Chief Executive. At the commencement of the workshop the Chief Executive asked for silence and said that he had an announcement to make. He named a senior civil servant who was present. The person named is a suspect in the abuse investigation but has not been suspended. The Chief Executive said that the suspect had his total support and that “if anyone wants to get…….(the suspect)…….they would have to get me first”. This announcement was applauded by some but not all of the persons present. I took it as a further indication of the “in crowd” closing ranks against the “threat” of the abuse enquiry. The Chief Executive later played a significant role in my suspension.End


Mario Lundy had  his office on the first floor of HdelaG which was Aviemore. His office was the first door on the left as you walked in the main entrance. His weight room was the first door on the right. The weight room turned up with Lundy. Why he needed a weight room god only knows.He operated a token system at HdelaG. The kids got privileges with these tokens . It was his way of control.


Mario Lundy has been named before. There was a piece in the Belfast Telegrath with can be read here:



I believe it is important that history is properly recorded. When he announced he was leaving in July 2014 CTV produced this timeline below:




Jersey’s Director of Education, Sport and Culture, Mario Lundy will retire next year.

Mr Lundy, 61, will withdraw from his position in summer 2014.

The Education director says he has told of his retirement so early because he wants to give the minister the right amount of time to find his successor. 

Mr Lundy said: “It’s been a privilege to work in such a variety of roles in education. I am proud of Jersey’s education system and what it has achieved for the Island’s young people.”

ESC Minister Deputy Patrick Ryan is grateful for his long notice period. He says, “I would like to thank Mario for his 34 years of dedicated service.”


Mario Lundy’s background: 

*He came to Jersey in 1979 to work at Les Chenes School.

*He later became head teacher there.

*He was also head teacher of Grainville Secondary School for eight years from 1997.

*He worked at ESC as Assistant Director for Schools and Colleges for four years. 

*He became Director of Education in January 2008.End


You will notice that there is no mention of Haut De LA Garenne. WHY?



Mario Lundy was also named in the Sunday Express. This can be read here: 



Let us record the real history of Mario Lundy


Rico Sorda 


Part Time Investigative Journalist

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

THE COMMITTEE OF ENQUIRY

SALLY BRADLEY QC



"THE COMMITTEE OF ENQUIRY (COI)"



"CHAIRED BY SALLY BRADLEY QC"



"JERSEY CHILD ABUSE"



Remember the panel is yet to be chosen. Let us not forget the States Greffier, Michel Dela Haye, who has the utmost respect of States Members, across the board, is overseeing the appointments of the panel. Team Voice has faith in Mr De La Haye and believe he is the right man for the job. 


The very fact that that this COI is going ahead in the first place is testament to the cooperation and determination of abuse survivors, a handful of politicians and the Jersey Bloggers. Let's not forget that it was not that long ago that then Chief Minister, T Le Suer, said that there would not be a COI at all. The then Council of Ministers lodged a report that scuppered the COI promised by the previous Chief Minister Frank Walker. It is important to note that the report brought to the house by Terry Le Suer and agreed by the then council of minsters could not be amended or challenged as a proposition could have been. 


This is just a small snapshot as to how we got a COI. Senator Le Gresley acted straight away when the report was read. The Senator lodged a proposition that we should have a full COI which was passed in the states on March 2nd 2011.


Rightly so people are sceptical. Victims/survivors and witnesses might view the enquiry with scepticism and after all the corruption and cover-up who could blame them. The spotlight is fully on Sally Bradley QC and this COI which comes on the back of the Savile, Stephen Lawrence and the Hillsborough cover-ups. The corruption was eventually exposed and victims and families are finally receiving the hard fought justice they sought. 


The evidence that was gathered in the original enquiries was what brought the inevitable justice even if it was achieved many years later. Without that initial evidence justice would/could never have been obtained.


Every scrap of evidence, we suggest, should be submitted to this COI. Let history record this evidence. At first glance, with the appointment of Sally Bradley QC, it does appear that Mr De LA Haye has chosen well. Ok, the rest of the panel members have yet to be chosen but we believe it is far to early for it to written off as a whitewash. The Victims/Survivors their families, friends and supporters have been given a chance and some much needed hope that their horrific ordeals can now be documented to a COI purposely set up to get to the truth about decades of failure, corruption and abuse in "THE CARE" of the States of Jersey where the innocence of childhood was so cruelly taken from them. 

Team Voice will be submitting all the evidence we have. We encourage all our readers to get behind us and this Committee of Enquiry. It deserves a chance as do the victims / Survivors and their families.

Team Voice

Sunday, June 16, 2013

HAUT DELA GARENNE - BERGERAC - OPERATION YEWTREE -THE SUNDAY EXPRESS INVESTIGATES





THE SUNDAY EXPRESS - HOME AFFAIRS EDITOR -TED JEORY






"HAUT DELA GARENNE"



"BERGERAC"



"TED JEORY - HOME AFFAIRS EDITOR OF THE SUNDAY EXPRESS INVESTIGATES"


It has come to light over the past week that the Jersey Care Home - Haut DeLa Garenne (HdelaG) - was still housing vulnerable children whilst the BBC were filming Bergerac. Team Voice, amongst others, were always under the impression that the filming of the Bergerac series only commenced once the care home had closed in 1986. 


15 vulnerable children were housed next door in the wing named Aviemore. 


The Bergerac series in question was series 4. HdelaG was featured in episode 1. This series was aired in 1985 and can be viewed below.


 If you go to 19 minutes you can view it for yourself. 







I find it incredible that this was allowed to happen. We are talking about 1984/85 depending on when it was actually filmed. Has this ever happened before? There have always been the allegations of people, other than staff, coming and going at the care home over the decades but filming Bergerac with vulnerable children present is beyond belief. Did the BBC have location safe guards in place back then? The States of Jersey Police were well aware of the allegations of abuse taking place at the home having been told on numerous occasions.

 This really was an open care home.


Rico Sorda


Part time Investigative Journalist



BBC's Bergerac filmed at notorious Jersey home where abused children suffered

ABUSED CHILDREN were still living at Jersey’s most notorious care home when the BBC began filming its Bergerac detective series there in the Eighties, the Sunday Express has established.



Ted Jeory reports. 


By: Ted Jeory

The Haut de la Garenne complex, the scene of horrific physical and sexual abuse, was used by the BBC in the popular television drama to depict the Bureau des Etrangers, a fictional department of the Jersey police.

It had previously been thought the BBC filmed there only after the home closed in 1986, but victims and production figures have told the Sunday Express that crew and cast, including star John Nettles who played

Detective Sergeant Jim Bergerac, were there at least a year earlier.

The BBC said that despite “extensive searches” of its records, it was unable to confirm the finding.

However, footage on YouTube from the fourth series of Bergerac, which aired in 1985, shows the detective driving into the grounds of the home, then walking through the main door.

About a dozen of the home’s most vulnerable children were still at the site in the more remote east of the island.

Sources on the island said the BBC, whose show ran for a decade from 1981, had demanded to use the home because production bosses had become increasingly frustrated at distractions and logistical problems at their previous urban location.

By 1985, the children had been moved into the Aviemore wing, a smaller annexe to the main home.

A production source said an interconnecting corridor was locked during the regular two-week filming jobs, but star-struck young teenagers were free to mingle with the cast in the grounds and at catering trailers.

There is no suggestion of any wrongdoing by any of the BBC crew and cast while at Haut de la Garenne, and allegations of rapes and beatings there only surfaced much later.

However, the irony of the BBC filming a detective series at a home where so many complaints of abuse had been ignored by police—some allegations even concerned ex-officers—has not been lost on the former residents.

And that the States of Jersey government cashed in on the tourism generated from Bergerac while failing in a duty of care to the children makes the decision doubly wrong in the eyes of victims.

One man who was at Haut de la Garenne at the time wept as he told the Sunday Express last week how he begged the police in the Eighties to investigate the home’s staff.

“They didn’t want to know,” he said. “No one listened to us.”

He added: “We all loved it when Bergerac was there. I even met John Nettles, but looking back it was completely inappropriate of the BBC to be there.

“It shows the complete lack of responsibility that the States of Jersey had for us kids in their care.



“They were quite happy to take money probably from the BBC and they were quite happy I’m sure to pimp some of us out like prostitutes, but when it came to our care, they didn’t give a toss.”

Bergerac’s legacy on the island remains strong.

John Nettles made Jersey his home, and although he no longer lives there, his daughter, Emma Martins, is the island’s data protection commissioner and responsible for ensuring laws protecting the privacy of individuals and offshore businesses are upheld.

The BBC is currently considering a remake of the Bergerac series, which would be a welcome boon to an island whose reputation since the original show has taken a battering amid accusations of abuse and a culture of secrecy that extends from offshore tax laws to criminal cover-ups.

The latest revelations about Haut de la Garenne, which was the centre of major police inquiry that led to a handful of convictions in 2008, came during an investigation by the Sunday Express on the island last week



We also found that:
* Jimmy Savile, parked his caravan in the grounds of Haut de la Garenne while visiting his mother on the island in the late Sixties and Seventies.

* current Jersey Education director Mario Lundy, who has just announced he is to retire early, was accused in court three years ago of being “violent and cruel” during his tenure as boss of Haut de la Garenne in the Eighties (he vigorously denies the allegations, which were not related to sexual abuse which were investigated without charge by the police)

These issues and allegations will be considered by UK barrister and high court judge Sally Bradley QC, who was appointed last Wednesday to chair Jersey’s new Committee of Inquiry into Historical Abuse.

She is expected to take up her new role in September and she will have the power to call witnesses.

It is possible that further criminal proceedings might flow from some of the evidence presented to her.

Regarded by peers as one of Britain’s best cross-examiners in family law cases, her job will be to sift through hundreds of witness statements – some seen by the Sunday Express - which allege abuse and cover up by high ranking Jersey officials and police.

Some politicians hope her work, which is due to start in the autumn, will be a watershed for the island, which has a reputation for doing things the “Jersey Way” – a description that many take to mean cover-ups and brushing difficult news under the carpet.

The States of Jersey government has consistently denied all allegations of cover-up and it has established a compensation scheme for abuse victims, which pays out about £20,000 for rape victims.

The BBC said in relation to the Bergerac findings: “When filming any BBC programme, duty of care to the public and production team is absolutely paramount”.

However, when asked whether it would base a film crew at a children’s home complex now, it declined to answer.

And Jimmy Savile was there too

NOT A single suspect or alleged accomplice in relation to Jimmy Savile’s predatory activities in Jersey has been interviewed or arrested by the island’s police force.

The States of Jersey police said it is co-operating with Operation Yewtree, the sexual abuse investigation launched by Scotland Yard last October, and that it has interviewed nine potential victims in that time.

However, it added: “No potential suspects have been interviewed as they are either deceased or unidentifiable, or could be eliminated from enquiries.”

The force also confirmed that no officers from the Metropolitan Police have visited Jersey as part of Operation Yewtree.

The confirmation came as one former victim at the Haut de la Garenne children’s home said Savile used to keep his infamous caravan parked in the grounds of the complex during his visits to his mother who lived nearby on the island in the Sixties and the Seventies.

Lenny Harper, a retired former deputy chief of police in Jersey who led the investigation into abuse allegations at Haut de la Garenne in 2008, said he had no doubt Savile committed crimes on the island –and that he was helped by others.

He said: “"Even if all the allegations from victims since the Savile revelations were only about Savile, the police should have identified suspects who facilitated his access to children.

“Given what we now know, it is inconceivable that there was no one running these homes allowing him to come into contact with children.

“This attitude is typical of Jersey's attitude toward abuse victims.

“They can't be bothered and couldn't really care."

Sunday, June 9, 2013

JERSEY 2014 AND BEYOND - SUICIDE AND ATTEMPTED SUICIDE - WHAT IS THE REAL NUMBER?





"JERSEY 2014 AND BEYOND"



ARE THE SOCIAL ISSUES BEING ADDRESSED?



SUICIDE AND ATTEMPTED SUICIDE - WHAT ARE THE REAL FIGURES?



HOW ABOUT THE FUNDING AND CARE WITHIN  JERSEY MENTAL HEALTH? ARE PATIENTS RECEIVING THE  PROPER CARE?




Jersey is a very affluent Island but is the money finding its way down the line? I have given the Jersey Evening Post plenty of stick in the past, not least their editorials, but the one on Friday 31st May really stood out. I reproduce it below. The staff working for Jersey Mental Health have a very difficult task.  I can tell you that  what the family of Islander Julie Sheila Brown describe below is 100% correct. I have been through the same experience. I have helped a friend through the different stages of care in Jersey's Mental Health. I have been left shocked - angry- emotionally drained and above all gobsmacked at what I found.  I have seen the bad and the very good of Jersey Mental Health. Things must change. I have come across some excellent staff working in very difficult circumstances. They need support. They need to be listened to. If they have concerns I hope there are mechanisms in place whereby they can raise these concerns to the relevant  people. 


Commissioner Clyde -Smith has called for Jersey Mental Health to be investigated. I fully concur with this. I hope that members of staff would be able to take part in this as their views are absolutely imperative in moving the service forward. Something has gone wrong over the decades. Now is the time for openness on these issues. Families are suffering. I have raised my concerns with senior management of Mental Health and would willingly take part in any investigation as should anyone who has come into direct contact with the service. 


The Jersey Samaritans had over 22,000 calls for help in 2012. This is simply a staggering number. Even if we say half were diverted calls from the UK it's still a staggering number. Lets say they had 12,000 calls locally is that not a huge problem? I would like to know what their previous figures were. 




That would be a 1,000 calls a month if we halved the figure. We are in an economic meltdown with no signs of anything getting better soon. All classes are feeling the pressure. Families to feed - mortgages to pay and ever mounting bills. I have heard for some time now that Jersey has a very high suicide rate but what is the real figure? We need a politician to start asking the questions. Even if we halved the figure to 6,000 that still a very high number. Remember behind every phone call their is a person in some form of distress. They must not become a number. Some questions must be asked and asked now. 


With the funding available are our Social Services able to employ the best in their field or are they trying to paper over cracks with the best they can find? All the issues concerning Mental Health and other related issues must be addressed and addressed now. Lives are being lost.  The Staff I have come into contact with have my up most respect. The work conducted by Mind Jersey is also a very important cog for the families and patients who suffer from mental illness.


How many attempted suicides have there been in the last 5 years?



The time has come to ask some very difficult questions - who will ask them?



All is not rosy in the garden of Jersey. 


We don't like talking about these problems especially as we are a clean cut Financial Centre 


When does the Investigation begin?


Feel free to share ones own experiences if you so wish - minus names. Thank you


Rico Sorda 


Part Time Investigative Journalist



Courts have a health dilemma
Friday 31st May 2013, 3:45PM BST.
If the widely quoted figures are correct, one in four people will experience some kind of mental health problem during their lives.
Some will be at the lower end of the spectrum – a brief episode of mild depression, disturbed sleep or poor appetite, for example. From there the sliding scale goes upwards.
As a sufferer of late-onset paranoid schizophrenia, Islander Julie Sheila Brown, who last week appeared in the Royal Court charged with offences that took place in 2011, is at the severe end of the scale.
However, instead of receiving the care that she so desperately needed, her daughters say that she was treated poorly and without dignity and humanity at St Saviour’s Hospital. It was so bad that they begged for help, but got none. Instead, they say they were relieved when she was imprisoned.
That any family should be made to feel this way is, quite simply, unacceptable. So much so, in fact, that Royal Court Commissioner Julian Clyde-Smith took the unusual step of calling for Jersey’s mental health services to be investigated so that lessons can be learned and damage to prisoners with mental health problems can be avoided in the future.
The learned Commissioner is absolutely correct and the authorities must now not just take note, but also action. That this should be allowed to happen once is bad enough. But Ms Brown’s case is not the first and, unless serious action is taken, it most certainly will not be the last.
Just days before that court hearing Jersey experienced two other cases which have glaringly similar features. In one, the son of an Islander who fell to her death from a north-coast cliff a few days after being discharged from St Saviour’s Hospital told an inquest that his mother was failed by the Health department.
In another, which just so happened to appear on the same day, residents at Victoria Cottage Homes said that they had signed a petition to have a vulnerable man who died in a house fire taken into care because of concerns about his mental health. That petition, submitted before the man’s tragic death, was ignored.
Taken individually these cases merit a complete review of mental health services in Jersey. Taken together the need for action is indisputable.