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16 well-known figures identified as suspects in abuse investigation


16 well-known figures have been identified as suspects as part of Operation Whistle - an ongoing investigation into historical child abuse in Jersey.

Jersey Police have released figures concerning the investigation, which is focusing on abuse in institutions and abuse involving people in the public eye.

Due to the historical nature of the claims, 11 of the 16 well-known figures are now dead.

57 suspects have been identified in total, with 71 allegations received by police.

More than 100 witness statements have been taken by Jersey police since the investigation began in June.

Four institutions are subject to an ongoing investigation, and 41 named victims are currently working with the police.

suspects identified, including 16 in the public eye
Allegations received
institutions subject to on-going investigations

The team continue to work tirelessly on these complex investigations, working in support of victims and constantly assessing the potential on-going threat and risk from alleged offenders.

Despite the passage of time, we remain committed to holding alleged perpetrators to account.

An additional 26 victims have come forward since we commenced this operation last June, which reinforces our belief that victims continue to demonstrate trust and confidence in the criminal justice system.

– Detective Superintendent Stewart Gull, Head of Crime Services

Other key figures concerning Operation Whistle:

  • 7 investigators on the team
  • 26 new complaints since Operation Whistle went live in June 2015
  • 33 of the suspects are deceased including 11 in the public eye
  • 41 named victims currently engaged with officers
  • 9 suspects arrested
  • 13 interviewed under caution
  • 2 charged, with 1 conviction in February 2016
  • 7 released on police bail pending further enquiries or legal advice
  • 3 files with the Law Officers Department for consideration of prosecution
  • 31 on-going investigations
  • 4 UK investigations aided by SoJP

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