Digital copy of Witness 249's witness statement to the States of Jersey Police as part of Operation Rectangle providing an account of her experiences in care at Westaway Crèche, Haut de la Garenne and Clos des Sables Family Group Home. [Some details redacted]. Signature witnessed by [Detective Constable] J [Julie] and CI [Civilian Investigator] [Mark] Cane.

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November 4th 2008 - November 4th 2008

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Background and Home Life Refers to father’s alcoholism and later death. Institutions Refers to admission into the Care of the States of Jersey along with her brother at the age of 9 months. Mentions initial placement at Westaway Crèche, and transfer to Haut de la Garenne at the age of four. Comments on experiences of Haut de la Garenne, mentioning mealtimes and watching the television. Names two members of Haut de la Garenne staff who had a son. Recalls visits to Haut de la Garenne by father, mentioning occasion on which Witness 248 had a black eye. Recalls transfer to 108 Clos De Sables [Clos des Sables Family Group Home], mentioning [houseparent] Lesley Hughes. Names other staff at Clos des Sables. Describes the Hughes as disciplinarians, and recalls camping holidays and friends. Notes behaviour of a member of staff, mentioning punishments for misbehaviour and chores carried out by residents. Names other children at Clos des Sables. Describes shared bedroom at Clos des Sables. Left Clos des Sables at the age of 18, deciding not to inform Les Hughes of her plans for life after Clos des Sables. Mentions education at La Moye School and Les Quennevais School. Social Services Names Child Care Officer as R [Richard] Davenport. Abuse and Consequences States that she did not witness abuse at Haut de la Garenne. Describes sexual abuse by Les Hughes in her bedroom at the age of 11. Comments on the sexual abuse of other female residents by Les Hughes. Refers to sexual abuse by Les Hughes in his bedroom. Refers to attempted sexual abuse by Les Hughes during a driving lesson at Corbiere. Details sexual abuse of female Les Quennevais School pupils by Les Quennevais teachers during a school trip. Mentions a teacher involved who had taught at other schools, and who later became a politician. Refers to a Hautlieu School teacher behaving inappropriately towards students. Events after Leaving Care Refers to daughter’s ill health, mentioning discussions with [Richard] Davenport and contact with [Jersey] General Hospital regarding Witness 249’s medical records. Refers to event noted in Witness 249’s records relating to a fall at Haut de la Garenne. Refers to letter dated 9 February 1994 from [Richard] Davenport regarding medication administered to Witness 249 during her residency at Haut de la Garenne. Mentions the Consultant Paediatrician in post prior to [Dr] [H] Clifford Spratt. Provides permission for the States of Jersey Police to access Witness 249’s medical and child care records in relation to their current investigation into historical child abuse. Mentions counselling offered by DC [Detective Constable] [Julie] Jackson. States wish to pursue a complaint of indecent assault against Les Hughes, noting willingness to attend court if required to do so.


Clos des Sables Family Group Home
Children's Services
Haut de la Garenne
Hautlieu School
Jersey General Hospital
Les Quennevais School
La Moye School
States of Jersey
States of Jersey Police
Westaway Crèche
Cane, Mark, Civilian Investigator
Davenport, Richard
Spratt, H Clifford, Dr
Hughes, Les
Jackson, Julie, Detective Constable


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