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Digital copy of Witness 264's Witness Statement to the Inquiry providing an account of his interaction with staff and children at Haut de la Garenne between 1963 and 1967. [Some details redacted].
July 27th 2015 - July 27th 2015
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States that he was born in Jersey in 1936 and married in 1965. Provides account of his interaction with staff and children at Haut de la Garenne between 1963 and 1967. Recalls meeting a man from Haut de la Garenne who he believes to have been Colin Tilbrook in the bar at the Links Hotel. States that he and his wife were invited to have dinner with the man and his wife at Haut de la Garenne, recalling having dinner in a little flat separated from the main home and seeing a room and hall at the Home. States that he was soon after invited to Haut de la Garenne to have tea with the children, stating to have no recollection of the layout of the building nor discussing any arrangements to take the children out on trips. Refers to a police transcript wherein he provided a description as to how he came into contact with Haut de la Garenne and the trips on which he took children [Exhibit 1: C/D/AW2/A1/6/WD007096/1]. States to have no recollection of the first occasion on which he took children from Haut de la Garenne, suggesting possible situations or scenarios whereby this may come about. Refers to a police report suggesting that he took children from the Home out on trips between 26 October 1963 and February 1967. States that he is unaware of any checks, vetting procedures or references having been carried out before he was allowed to take the children out and describes his motivation for spending his spare time taking children out from Haut de la Garenne. Recalls taking children out from Haut de la Garenne as having been a regular occurrence, providing details of the arrangement of such trips. Recalls seeing a member of staff and being informed by them which children he would be taking out, recalling incident when Mr Tilbrook pointed to the children who would be going with him. Comments on an extract from the witness statement of Witness 195 suggesting that he would speak to the children on the sports field [Exhibit 2: C/D/AW2/A1/6/WD007096/2]. States that he would usually take 3 or 4 children out a time, the most being 5 or 6. States to have no recollection of the names of the children he took out nor regularly taking the same children out, stating that he usually take the children out for 2 or 3 hours to the beach or to the cinema by car. States that he never helped the children undress themselves during the beach trips. Recalls taking the children to the Odeon Cinema, noting that the owner would let the children in for free. States that with the exception of one boy who was eventually boarded out with he and his wife for a short period, he has no recollection of going anywhere else other than the beach or the cinema. Recalls taking the children to a café or having dinner with the children at his home with his wife after the trips. Comments on a police document suggesting the usual length of time of the trips, stating to have no recollection of taking a child to the apartment he lived in before he moved in with his wife [Exhibit 3: C/D/AW2/A1/6/WD007096/3]. States that he took both boys and girls out, stating to have no recollection of taking individual children out by themselves or that children came on whole-weekend visits as suggested in a police document [Exhibit 4: C/D/AW2/A1/6/WD007096/4]. States that he stated that he had no recollection of taking individual children out when he was interviewed by the police [Exhibit 5: C/D/AW2/A1/6/WD007096/5]. States that he has no recollection of giving any feedback to staff at the Home or discussing with staff about how the children had behaved or what had happened on the trips. Includes about the children’s behaviour and states that he is unaware of anyone else taking children out. Recalls that some of the children from Haut de la Garenne attended his wedding in 1965, noting that his daughter was born a year later. States that one of the children at Haut de la Garenne was boarded out with himself and his wife in 1965, referring to a letter from Patricia Thornton dated 14 September 1965 confirming this [Exhibit 6: C/D/AW2/A1/6/WD007096/6]. Describes the arrangement as informal, recalling that a woman in charge of children was involved in the arrangement. States that the boy’s brother did not stay with him and his wife citing his employment. States that the boy was boarded out for 1 or 2 months before moving in with his mother, stating that he and his wife got on well with the boy. Refers to a document dated 7 July 1965 indicating that he thought it would be too much for him and his wife is both boys were to board with them and that he met with another individual to discuss arrangements who was in full agreement [Exhibit 7: C/D/AW2/A1/6/WD007096/7]. States that he has no recollection of any checks or vetting being carried out before the boy was allowed to move in with him and his wife, noting that he knew the boy from the Saturday trips. Asserts that he was never made aware of the background of the boy when he took him out at Haut de la Garenne or subsequently when he boarded. States that he has no recollection of any meetings or contact with Haut de la Garenne or Children’s Services during the time the boy was boarded out. States that his wife died from cancer in 1968 shortly after the birth of their daughter, noting that his involvement with Haut de la Garenne stopped suddenly when his wife became ill due to him having to look after both his wife and his baby daughter.
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