Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Police will announce today the investigation will move to a Second World War bunker a short distance from the former home.
Several alleged victims, have told police they were sexually abused in a German-built pillbox in the east of the island.
Evidence gathered at the Haut de la Garenne former children’s home has lead police to a small defensive fort, Victoria Tower.
Police are not expecting to carry out excavations in the bunker, but will be looking for any evidence, such as DNA samples, which may still be left there.
Six witnesses have alleged "serious sexual crimes" at the bunker, near the former home Haut de la Garenne, said DCO Lenny Harper.
"The allegation is that residents from Haut de la Garenne were taken to the bunker by members of staff and abused there.”
"We are talking about six witness statements to us concerning the bunker. Six different witnesses and different incidents."
Harper said there were a number of different entrances to the bunker and they will be worked through methodically.
"It was fairly easy for people to get in there at one stage."
A full forensic search will take place at the bunker, which was built by the Nazis during their occupation of the island. Harper hopes it will not have to be dug out.
"We can expect to find evidence to corroborate the witness accounts," Harper said.
A specialist search dog is due to be sent into the bunker.
The search is expected to take a few days.