Teeth and charred bones discovered
A secret police report into the Jersey House of Hell children’s home reveals kids were murdered then burned in a furnace.
It is feared the island’s authorities may try to hush up the dossier on Haut de la Garenne orphanage but a source told British paper News of the World: “Officers on this case are in no doubt what went on.”
Police officers are preparing to hand over their damning dossier from Britain’s biggest child abuse probe to the authorities.
A total of 65 teeth and around 100 charred fragments of bones are all that remain of victims detectives believe were abused and killed before their tortured corpses were thrown into a fiery grave.
A source close to the four-month investigation told the News of the World: “Officers believe they have compelling evidence that youngsters’ bodies were burnt in the home’s furnace then the remains swept into the soil floor in the cellars that became dubbed the torture rooms.
“The problem has been identifying the children that went missing over the years. No records were kept of who came and left that place.
“Kids were shipped to the home from all over the UK and were never heard of again.”
Forensic teams also found strands of nylon, which they have concluded came from the head of a broom.
And, because those type of nylon brooms were used only in the late 1960s and early 70s, the discovery helped officers to put a date on when the bones were swept into the soil cellar floor under the east wing.
Police are now convinced that those charred bones and teeth were emptied from the bottom of the home’s industrial furnace in the west wing when it was ripped out around that time to install oil-fired central heating.
Officers have been unable to discover what happened to the furnace after that.
Around that same time wooden floorboards were laid over the old soil floor in the east wing.
And it is there, within the hidden torture chambers just centimetres below, that the bones, a pair of shackles and children’s clothing were found.
Also in the underground rooms police discovered a large concrete bath with traces of blood.
So far 97 people have come forward to complain they were abused as children at Haut de la Garenne.
Many have described being drugged, shackled, raped, flogged and held in a dark cellar for long periods.
Police now believe that whoever was responsible for removing the furnace knew that there were children’s remains inside.
And they think it was moved while disgraced headmaster Colin Tilbrook was in charge of the place.
Tilbrook, now dead, has been described by former charges as being behind “some of the most horrific abuse” at the home.
Police said their latest intensive probe has produced more than 40 suspects.
Three men have already been charged with sex abuse offences as part of the inquiry.
But now there are fears that the full truth about the House of Hell could be covered up yet again after the investigation boss, Jersey’s tough No 2 top cop Lenny Harper, retires next month.
Although Jersey is part of the British Isles it has a separate government system and makes its own laws.
Jersey’s politicians, judges, policemen and business leaders come from a small elite often linked by friendship or family.
A police source said the Haut de la Garenne file was now complete but “being held up”.
The source added: “There’s a strong suspicion that the files are being held on to until Lenny Harper goes and a new team is in place.
“No one will be surprised if the truth never surfaces and once more the evidence gets swept under the carpet.” Herald and Weekly Times (Australia)