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Media briefing notes from Haut de la Garenne


RELEASED TO MEDIA AT 10.35 AM ON TUESDAY 25 MARCH 2008

WORK continues at Haut de la Garenne today and the team working there have established that there are two more cellars in addition to the first two cellars which have been identified.

In order to protect the integrity of forensics, only when the team have finished working in rooms one and two completely will an exploration begin of rooms three and four.

Commenting on work so far, senior investigating officer Lenny Harper said: ˜We have now established that there are a further two rooms, and we have received evidence from another victim over the last few days which tells of abuse in one of these two new rooms.  Room three is very like room two, room four is similar but may have reduced head room.

 ˜We can confirm that a number of items have been recovered from cellar rooms one and two which tend to corroborate the statements of victims.  These could well be of forensic significance.  We are not saying what these are, not because we want to be secretive, but because if the victims or witnesses mention them they lose evidential value if details are published.

˜Away from Haut de la Garenne, the enquiry team are continuing work and seeing victims and witnesses.  More information has been received about the abuse that went on in the cellar.
 
˜We do not know about the carbon dating yet of the skull fragment yet. Initial tests are inconclusive and more sensitive tests will be carried out.  All we can say at the moment is that the skull fragment was placed in the location no earlier than the 1920's.'

 

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