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Police corruption allegations made at Jersey Care Inquiry

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A former Deputy Chief Officer of the States of Jersey Police has has made shocking allegations of corruption and bullying in the force, including examples of officers helping drug dealers.

Lenny Harper is today giving evidence to the inquiry into historical child abuse.

He was the senior investigating officer of Operation Rectangle, looking into claims of child abuse at the former children's home, Haut de la Garenne.

But on his first morning's evidence he focused on his experience of life in the island police force prior to that.

He told the inquiry: "Well, corruption, there were a lot of instances of police officers feeding information from police systems to drug dealers, that's corruption. They were giving other information to criminals. They were taking money off criminals and those are probably the most serious types of corruption. There were other aspects, such as taking gifts and holidays for putting police work the way of contractors and there were instances of the theft of prescription drugs being handed over for sex."

With respect to his allegations of bullying he recalled one specific incident:

"I uncovered a trail of horror. On one occasion a sergeant had actually pointed a loaded gun at the head of another young officer. Many inspectors and sergeants knew about the sergeant's behaviour and had not reported it or done anything about it."

Mr Harper is today giving evidence via video link from Edinburgh. His statement to the inquiry began with the assertion he was "dismayed" that the focus of the inquiry was becoming an "obsession" with him, rather than on those who had suffered "horrific" abuse.

He's due to continue giving evidence today and tomorrow.

Jersey Police say they have no comment to make while the inquiry continues.

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