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The Independent Jersey Care Inquiry is charged with finding out what went wrong in the island's care system, from the end of the Second World War.

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Witness evidence supports claim Savile was in Jersey in the 1970s

Jersey's Care Inquiry has heard from a witness today who backs up claims that disgraced TV Presenter Jimmy Savile was in Jersey in 1976 when he denied he was.

'Mr D' was 15 years old when Savile visited Jersey children's home Haut de la Garenne and had a photograph taken with a group of children.

Mr D says he was "too withdrawn" to ask to be in the photograph himself. But he says he saw a group of children pose for the photograph with Savile by the swimming pool.

This is the second witness to claim Jimmy Savile visited Haut de la Garenne.

Yesterday a man claimed he was sexually assaulted by Jimmy Savile during an outing with the care home.

He said Savile took him aside after the photograph was taken..

I was so withdrawn that I remember when Jimmy Savile visited the home I did not want to go and get a picture taken with him. We did not know about the visit beforehand.

– Witness, Mr D

The witness also gave evidence about 'violent' members of staff at Haut de la Garenne. He claims one was 'a bully' and physically assaulted the children.

He was a bully and a very violent man. I had two years of absolute hell with him. He would punch the children in the stomach and was careful not to do anything to their faces as he knew there could be no marks to their faces.

– Witness, Mr D

Mr D also claims he was sexually abused and 'groomed' by a man called Tony Watton who did not work at the children's home but went on annual camping trips with the children in the 70s.

Watton was charged in September 2001 with indecent assault of two children, one of which was in care at Haut de la Garenne. Watton killed himself while on bail in 2001.

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