Saturday, March 22, 2008

Haute de la Garenne to Remain Closed – Victims May Seek Compensation

The Jersey youth hostel, which was previously the children’s home at the center of the major police investigation, is to remain closed until March 2009 or longer.

Haut de la Garenne was closed in 1986. After a multi-million dollar renovation, it was reopened as a Youth Hostel in 2004. It was closed after human remains were found in February.

The BBC reports: Chief of Police Graham Power said the ongoing investigations would be as thorough as they needed to be.

Jersey's government, the States, said it would continue to provide the funds needed to enable the police to do their job.

Meanwhile, attorneys and advocacy groups are reaching out to abuse victims who may seek compensation from the States of Jersey.

From CommunityCare: A legal team set up by Havant firm Dyer, Burdett and Company is appealing for victims to come forward with Jersey advocates Ozanne.

Two years ago, DBC reached an out-of-court settlement of more than £300,000 for nine men who were abused in Berkshire Council-run
Green Field House children's home between 1964 and 1970.

The Berkshire home was then managed by the late Don Prescott, who is alleged to have abused the boys and rented them to other pedophiles.

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