Digital copy of Witness 250's witness statement to States of Jersey Police as part of Operation Rectangle providing an account of her experiences in care at Haut de la Garenne, Clos des Sables Family Group Home, Les Chenes [Residential School], Lyndale Girls' Hostel, and Heathfield [Children's Home]. Signature witnessed by DC [Detective Constable] [Dave] O'Grady. [Some details redacted].

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March 29th 2008 - March 29th 2008

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Background and Home Life Refers to parents' marital problems, and transfer to England as a family in 1978. Recalls moving back to Jersey in 1980, mentioning the placement of individuals at Haut de la Garenne. Lived with father and stepmother from the ages of eight to thirteen before returning to Care. Institutions Recalls being driven to Haut de la Garenne by her father, describing the Haut de la Garenne property. Names staff at Haut de la Garenne. Recalls last visit by Witness 250's mother to Haut de la Garenne, mentioning presents later taken away by Haut de la Garenne staff. Recalls visiting the Dolmans [Dolmens]. Refers to later admission to Care and placement at Clos des Sables [Family Group Home], mentioning staff such as Les Hughes. Describes suspicions regarding Les Hughes' inappropriate behaviour towards female residents. Names other Clos des Sables residents. Refers to drinking and trouble leading to Witness 250's admission to Les Chênes [Residential School]. Recalls absconding from Les Chênes, on one occasion with her boyfriend. Describes the secure cells at Les Chênes, mentioning clothing needed to be worn inside the cells. Names Les Chênes staff, mentioning drunkenness. Recalls other Les Chênes residnets. Left Les Chênes for Lyndale Girls Hostel in First Tower before moving to Heathfield [Children's Home]. Names Heathfield staff and other residents. Refers to transfer into hostel type accommodation at the age of 17 or 18. Social Services Names Child Care Officer as [Richard] Davenport. Abuse and Consequences Does not recall witnessing sexual or physical abuse at Haut de la Garenne, but recalls other disturbing incidents. Refers to a decision to abscond taken in a room in Braintree [Baintree Group]. Recalls emotional abuse from a female member of staff due to Witness 250 and another individual having got dressed into their own choice of clothes without permission. Recalls emotional and physical abuse of children at mealtimes. Refers to Les Hughes' convictions for sexual abuse. Recalls threatening Les Hughes to leave a younger female resident alone. Recalls emotional abuse by Les Chênes staff. Details physical abuse of male residents by Les Chênes staff. Refers to the sexual abuse of a [ resident] at Heathfield by a member of staff, as revealed during a conversation at [Parade Gardens]. Events after Leaving Care Comments that Witness 250 will assist [States of Jersey] Police in relation to their investigation.


Children's Services
Clos des Sables Family Group Home
Education Department
Haut de la Garenne
Heathfield Children's Home
Jersey General Hospital
Les Chênes Residential School
Lyndale Girls' Hostel
Operation Rectangle
States of Jersey Police
Davenport, Richard
Hughes, Les
O'Grady, Dave, Detective Constable


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