Digital copy of a Memorandum [from the Superintendent, Haut de la Garenne] to the [Children's Officer] Mr [Charles] Smith concerning four children including Witness 171 absconding from Haut de la Garenne. [Some details redacted]. Taken from the Children's Services client file of Witness 171. For Witness 171's witness statements to the States of Jersey Police dated 13 March 2008 and 15 March 2009 respectively, see C/D/AW1/B1/2/1/15/WS000133 and C/D/AW1/B1/2/1/15/WS000134.

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January 13th 1975 - January 13th 1975

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Gives details of four boys, including Witness 171, absconding from Haut de la Garenne. Refers to Witness 171 stealing money from a member of staff, the theft of a car by one of the boys, and Witness 171 and another boy being returned to Haut de la Garenne after being found at the Wieghbridge by police. Also gives details of two of the other boys using the money stolen by Witness 171 to purchase petrol and take a trip around Jersey, mentioning the Five Mile Road, Bouley Bay, [La] Hougue Bie, Bonne Nuit Bay, the Grand Hotel and Fort Regent. Describes the boy driving the vehicle losing control whilst driving down Mount Bingham and the two boys subsequently abandoning the vehicle, detailing attempt by one of the boys to board a ferry. Notes that the boy driving the vehicle was held in custody by police whilst the three other boys including Witness 171 returned to Haut de la Garenne.


Smith, C A
Children's Services
Fort Regent
Grand Hotel
Haut de la Garenne
States of Jersey Police


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