Digital copy of The Times article by David Brown relating to Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Jack Straw's involvement in overseeing [Operation Rectangle] following a situation where police were prevented from charging two suspects. Undated, c. 2008. [Some details redacted].

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Relates to couple arrested on suspicion of serious sexual and physical assaults whilst employed by States of Jersey in a childcare capacity, subsequently released without charge after Centenier Danny Scaife sought legal advice from Attorney General [William Bailhache]'s office. Refers to concerns regarding Jersey's ability to oversee a large inquiry into abuse, mentioning allegations from over 100 individuals, arrests of six, and charges brought against three men. Explains peculiarities of Jersey Law with regards to responsibilities of Centeniers with the Honorary Police to charge or bail suspects. Details William Bailhache's role as head of Honoray Police, and Philip Bailhache's role as Bailiff, head of Jersey judiciary. Contains remarks from Austin Mitchell MP advocating for Jack Straw to appoint an independent inquiry to Jersey, overseen by a Judge from outside the island.


Honorary Police
Operation Rectangle
States of Jersey Police
The Times
Bailhache, William
Bailhache, Philip
Brown, David
Mitchell, Austin, The Right Honourable
Scaife, Danny, Centenier
Straw, Jack


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