Digital copy of a letter from a former member of Haut de la Garenne staff to the States of Jersey Police. [Some details redacted]. For Witness 347's witness statement to the States of Jersey Police dated 19 March 2008, see C/D/AW1/B1/2/1/31/WS000153.

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December 6th 2007 - December 6th 2007

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Refers to media coverage concerning Haut de la Garenne prompting her to contact Police. Details experiences of Haut de la Garenne during her time as house mother to the younger boys from early 1963 to late 1965. Describes initial interview by Haut de la Garenne [Superintendent] [Colin] Tilbrook, and mentions other staff, including [George] Mallinson. Describes level of surveillance at Haut de la Garenne, over both staff and residents. Comments on the high turnover of staff during her tenure, suggesting that the States of Jersey Children's Department should have questioned this high turnover early on. Comments on her recollections of Witness 347, mentioning his vulnerability and his mother's mental health issues. Recalls incident in which [Colin] Tilbrook claimed Witness 347 had burnt a shoe in the gas boiler in the kitchen, and therefore needed to be punished. Comments that Witness 347 was unlikely to have done so, demonstrating Witness 347's tendency to admit to actions he could not have undertaken, using the assassination of President John F Kennedy as an example. States that although she never witnessed [Colin] Tilbrook physically harm anyone, she fears what would have happened to Witness 347 had she not intervened. Details attempted sexual abuse by [Colin] Tilbrook, and an instance of attempted blackmail towards another member of staff by [Colin] Tilbrook. Comments on guilt due to not reporting her concerns earlier, but mentions that the States of Jersey had taken no notice of a previous report from another member of staff.


British Broadcasting Corporation
Children's Department
Haut de la Garenne
Operation Rectangle
States of Jersey Police
States of Jersey
Kennedy, J F, President of the United States of America
Mallinson, George
Tilbrook, Colin


Haut de la Garenne | blackmail | child protection | Children | childcare | children's homes | children's services | Correspondence | houseparents | Letters | Media | mental health | Police | punishments | reports | staff | Superintendents | surveillance | sexual abuse | sexual assaults | witnesses


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