Monday, December 27, 2010

Ciao Ciao David Warcup



David Warcup


( Operation Rose- Northumbria England )

( Operation Rectangle- Jersey)

Both Child Abuse Cover-ups





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... the primary reasons for leaving are due to the political hostility which has been directed towards me, the attacks on my personal integrity and the resultant delays in securing my appointment”
David WarcupActing Police Chief

"In recent months there has been a concerted effort to challenge my integrity and to postpone my appointment.
"...the primary reasons for leaving are due to the political hostility which has been directed towards me, the attacks on my personal integrity and the resultant delays in securing my appointment."

After hearing of Mr Warcup's decision, Home Affairs Minister Senator Ian Le Marquand, told the States he was "extremely disappointed that the delay and subsequent politicisation of the process" had resulted in his decision to leave Jersey Police.
He described him as a man of "integrity with a deep understanding of policing in all aspects" and said he was "extremely saddened" at the loss of an "extremely able and committed officer" whom he believed would have lead Jersey Police to become a "more effective police force".

Senator Le Marquand forgets he must remain neutral and impartial - No surprise there




Dave Warcup

On this blog posting, the last of 2010, I will be looking at the departure of Acting Chief of Police, David Warcup.  I will be paying particular attention to the interview given by David Warcup to Diane Simon of the Jersey Evening Post and the official press release by the States of Jersey Police ("SOJP") of the closing down of Operation Rectangle (the Historic Child Abuse Investigation (the "Investigation")).

I have been amazed at the ease with which the Investigation has been closed down; one press statement and no one asking any questions.  I have been taking a look at the figures released by the SOJP and I find it absolutely staggering that none of the local media outlets have asked any questions to challenge this decision or asked for any sort of clarification about the figures released.  It has seemingly just been a case of "here are the figures chaps.  Must go.  Kettle's on"; as simple as that.

What I would like my readers to do when looking at the figures and statistics below is not to see them as just numbers and percentages.  The reason I say this is because what I think is being forgotten is the human element behind the figures and what they therefore represent.  Every percentage and every number has a story behind it and it is this that fires me up and keeps me focussed in the pursuit of justice.  There are still many victims out there who have not received justice and perpetrators continue to escape it.  It is, however, the victims that must be remembered to avoid them becoming only a statistic.  Look at the staggering number of statements, victims and perpetrators being investigated.  I do not think anyone can underestimate the scale of the work being undertaken by SOJP under the leadership of Graham Power, Lenny Harper and his team.

Now, as we look back over this year, the one thing that really sticks in my mind is: what the hell went wrong in Jersey between the 1940s right up to 2008.  Make no mistake.  There was physical, sexual and mental abuse happening for decades in institutions run on behalf of the States of Jersey and nothing was ever done about it.  Are we expected to believe that, through these decades, no complaints were made to people in authority, the police or even the parish priest that there were serious crimes taking place in these care homes.  What happened under Graham Power and Lenny Harper was a turning point for Jersey.  No more was there going to be a culture of concealment and turning a blind eye to decades of institutional child abuse.  For the first time there was hope that the victim's voices would be heard and allowed to be heard.  This very action was what put the establishment on the back foot, because for the first time it was being taken out of their control.  Rather than shying away and not being prepared to deal with it the issue was instead forced upon them.  We all know what happened next.  This, I believe, also ties in with the dismissal of the Health and Social Services Minister, the former Senator Stuart Syvret in 2007.  As you will remember, this was before Operation Rectangle had become public knowledge and why his order of justice will become a hot cookie in January 2011.  The establishment are being forced into situations they never dreamt were possible. This will only continue as long as former Senator Stuart Syvret has the determination and energy to fight them all the way.  For this he needs support as it is about good governance, truth, honesty and integrity. And, not forgetting  Something  that has made me laugh constantly for the last three weeks... SWORN AFFIDAVITS.

So, David Warcup, the Acting Chief of Police, comes across as the victim.  Yes, you just could not make it up.  Make no mistake.  There are many questions that have been left unanswered concerning David Warcup, the Met Interim Report, a letter to teflon Bill and the suspension of the Former Chief of Police, Graham Power.  The Napier Report was an excellent report, in my opinion, albeit a bit hard to follow at times.  Is it again just a coincidence that David Warcup hands in his resignation when the first draft of the Napier Report is released to the Deputy Chief Executive, John Richardson?  Are we seriously meant to believe that the Acting Chief of Police cannot handle comments about his conduct on blog sites?  Make no mistake, again, we use as many evidence based facts as we can and try to minimise conjecture.  The evidence would indicate that everything was not rosy in the garden of Warcup.  Here is a man who has done very well from his two years in Jersey and handed his notice in at just the right time to ensure his pension was unaffected. As I lay out below you can see that  he has done ok during his career.


Anger over pay-out for top cop David Warcup

Sep 21 2008 Sunday Sun

A POLICE chief has come under fire after it was revealed he retired with a £300,000 lump sum . . . and walked straight into another top job.
David Warcup was deputy chief constable of Northumbria Police before he retired earlier this year at the age of 50.
He has since taken over as deputy chief constable in Jersey, where his role includes heading a high-profile investigation into alleged abuse at a children’s home.
Mr Warcup is in line to become the island’s chief constable in just over a year.
But it has been revealed that he has received a lump sum of around £300,000 from Northumbria Police.
Mr Warcup is also receiving £60,000 a year from his old force as part of his retirement package. The pension — which lasts for the rest of his life — represents half of the £120,000-a-year he received from Northumbria.
It is being paid on top of the £100,000-a-year he receives from the States of Jersey Police.
Due to the fact that the island is a tax-haven, he only pays 20 per cent on his Jersey police salary.
In the year before he retired, Mr Warcup also received an undisclosed share of a £47,000 bonus split between Northumbria’s five chief officers.



So, as you can see, David Warcup is doing OK.




As I finish this last blog posting of 2010, we must ask ourselves: What did David Warcup and Mick Gradwell bring to Operation Rectangle.  What has become abundantly clear is that they did not have the support of the vast majority of abuse victims who, in fact, only had the highest praise for the Power/Harper handling of the Investigation. We have heard that the press conference of 12 November 2008 was held so that the contemplated abuse of process would not jeopardise impending cases, but having looked at the cases brought before the court, and bearing in mind that I am in no way a legal expert, I cannot really see how the abuse of process became such an issue.  The abusers who had connections with HDLG were Michael Aubin, Gordon Wateridge and the Jordans.  Are we now to believe that the other abusers would not have received a fair trial seeing, also, that they had no connection with Jersey care homes.  All abuse is bad and must be punished, but we also must look at who has been convicted, where the abuse took place, what connection they have, if any, to the Jersey care homes and then we must seriously reconsider the statistics.  Something  has gone wrong... AGAIN.

What I say now is hard to put across but I like to call it how I see it.  The people charged in connection with the Investigation do not stack up compared to the statistics.  What have Donnelly, Vandenborn and Thorne to do with Jersey care homes?  

Michael Aubin was a child at HDLG and although what he did was inexcusable his story is a tragic one; let down by the States of Jersey and punished for it.


first conviction in abuse investigation
Aubin, the first person to be convicted as part of the ongoing police investigation into historic child abuse on the island, was a resident at Haut de la Garenne from the age of three.

Aubin was abuse victim
On deciding his sentence, the prosecution took into account Aubin's own sexual abuse by adults and accepted that he had grown up without parental affection. The court heard he had suffered serious sexual abuse at the children's home himself.
Defending, Aubin's counsel David Hopwood said Aubin had been "brutalised" by emotional neglect and sexual abuse in his early life. He added that the care authorities must "bear some responsibility."
Aubin was arrested in May last year and has spent the last 19 months in custody.
Response
Alan Collins, a Portsmouth-based solicitor who has acted on behalf of some of the victims involved in the investigation, said the prosecution and sentencing of Aubin was a "vindication" for them.
He said:“The outcome today puts paid to any belief that all was OK at Haut de la Garenne because clearly it was not.
"What happened is tragic for all those involved and, hopefully minds will now turn to how best to make amends to the victims. Many still suffer, considerably, as a result of what they had to endure and I am seeking compensation for those who hav


I believe the Jordans, although scum bag abusers, were also sacrificed to bolster the numbers.  How convenient that they came from outside of the Island.  Yes, when we look at these stats and figures there is yet a further major investigation that needs to take place.

What of the people who ran HdelaG? Look at those Stats. Where are the Senior Managers? Who had political responsibility for HdelaG? 

I believe in my opinion that the high level ones are being protected. Just say that two alleged persons who were into battering children managed to pass right through the Jersey Education System and landed the Top Jobs, not 1 but 2. You see how would the authorities explain that one? simple don't bother.  

I would like to thank everyone who has supported Team Voice and me.  I started my blog in April of this year hoping that one or two people might take the time to read it.  I have been absolutely amazed and dumbfounded by the extent of my readership.  It has left me shocked.  Writing this blog has been an emotional rollercoaster.  The amount of work and research that goes into these postings is unimaginable, but absolutely worth doing.  Thank you for your support.  2011 promises to be an even bigger year.  All I want is good governance, truth, honesty and integrity.  I want Terry Le Sueur exposed as misleading the house at the next States sitting and, as for Senator Ian Le Marquand the former magistrate, who cannot spot an injustice even when carrying it out himself, there will be no let up in 2011.

To all the abuse survivors.  We will never stop exposing the truth.


Happy New Year.


Rico Sorda




The Interview of David Warcup

( Hankies at the ready. This is one serious Tear Jerker )

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The Media Release of Operation Rectangle




Warcup article.

Jersey Evening Post, 21st December, 2010.
Introduction. 

RETIRED acting police chief David Warcup has said that if he had not raised concerns about the historical child abuse inquiry it is unlikely that there would have been any convictions.
 
In his view, If a press conference had not taken place refuting claims of possible child murders at Haut de la Garenne, lawyers representing those accused of child abuse might successfully have claimed that their clients could not get a fair trial. 

Speaking last week before he left the force on Friday after deciding that he no longer wanted to be police chief, Mr Warcup said that the actions he took were the right and proper thing to do.
 
‘I recognise that if I had not taken this action the prosecution of offenders alleged to have been responsible for serious child offences would not have succeeded,’ he said. 

In the interview on page 12, Mr Warcup also says that if there had been police authority in the Island when he was raising these concerns with former police chief Graham Power, the situation would not have escalated in the way it did. 

Mr Warcup was the victim of stinging criticism on some blogs, which he has described as ‘totally unfounded allegations’. 

‘Serious consideration should be given in Jersey and the UK to how to deal with unfounded allegations made on the internet which could be distressing for those concerned.’ he said. 


Warcup JEP Interview, page 12.


WHEN David Warcup stood in the Royal Court in August 2008 and took the oath of office as the acting police chief he was full of expectation about what lay ahead. 

The former deputy chief constable of Northumbria Police and his family had sold their home there in the belief that they would be settling in the Island. 

With 32 years of policing experience behind him, Mr Warcup had been led to expect when he was appointed in the acting post that he would take over from police chief Graham Power on his retirement. ‘I considered it to be a new stage in my career,’ he said, ‘and came to Jersey anticipating that I would be carrying out the job for a number of years.’ 

What actually happened was a far cry from his positive expectations. Last week he left the States police after deciding that he no longer wanted the top job. ‘I have not fulfilled my ambition because of matters outside my control,’ he said. 

Mr Warcup said that even before he took up his post he realised, through reports and comments in the media, that there were concerns about the historical child abuse inquiry. Within a few weeks of arriving in the island he became aware, by speaking to people inside and outside the force, of public concern about the way in which the inquiry was being run.
One of the major problems in intervening was that any criticism of the supervision of the inquiry including the handling of the media by former deputy police chief Lenny Harper, was implied criticism of Mr Power, who was his boss. 

Mr Warcup believed that some lurid reports in the national media of possible child murders at Haut de La Garenne could seriously jeopardise the prosecutions for child abuse going to trial A review of the evidence available from the inquiry including items uncovered during the excavation at the former children’s home, led him and the new senior investigating officer, Det Supt Mick Gradwell, to believe that no such crimes had taken place 

‘The more information I gathered and examined, the more I realised that there were issues which needed addressing,’ he said. 

At that time, some States Members and others were also calling into question the handling of the inquiry. Mr Warcup faced the problem of persuading Mr Power that the public should be informed of the truth, and that the risk of the prosecution cases collapsing had to be reduced.
‘I could have made life easy for myself and turned a blind eye, but because of my values I couldn’t do that,’ he said. ‘In all my years of policing I have never walked away from a difficult situation, but this was one of the most challenging I have faced.’ 

The Attorney General, William Bailhache, was among those who raised concerns about the police’s media strategy during the inquiry and its possible prejudicial effects on forthcoming prosecutions. 

MR Warcup unsuccessfully tried to persuade Mr Power that a press conference ought to be staged to put the record straight. ‘It remains a disappointment to me that I couldn’t resolve that situation with Mr. Power and find an appropriate way forward, he said. 

It was when Mr Warcup received an interim report from the Metropolitan police which questioned the handling of the inquiry that he put pen to paper.  Asked by States chief executive Bill Ogley to produce a report detailing his concerns, Mr Warcup expressed them in a letter to him which was received two days before Mr Power was suspended. That suspension took place on the same day that Mr Warcup and Mr Gradwell led a press conference refuting claims that child murders could have taken place. 

An independent report by the Wiltshire Constabulary seriously criticised Mr Power’s supervision of the inquiry - the biggest policing operation in the island in living memory - and recommended that he should face disciplinary action. 

Mr Warcup believes that raising his concerns about the inquiry and staging the press conference to refute claims of child murders were the right and proper things to do. ‘I recognise that if I had not taken this action, the prosecution of offenders alleged to have been responsible for serious child offences would not have succeeded he said. 

Several months after that press conference, some defence lawyers unsuccessfully argued In the Royal Court that because of lurid media stories about the case, there had been abuse of process. 

In Mr Warcup’s view it would have been a travesty if those prosecutions had not gone ahead. ‘Fortunately all the lurid claims were addressed at the police conference, the prosecutions went ahead and justice was gained for a number of victims,’ he said. 

With the inquiry ending with just seven convictions for child abuse out of a total of 192 victims being identified during police inquiries, Mr Warcup said he realised that some abuse victims would be disappointed that those who assaulted them had not been prosecuted. ‘The small number of prosecutions reflects similar cases in the UK, where there have also been very few people brought to justice following a major historical child abuse inquiry’ he said. 

Problems faced in these investigations he said, included the need to secure enough evidence for a prosecution to go ahead, and the lengthy time which had passed since the alleged offenses took place. ‘It is essential for an effective criminal justice system that the proper standards of assessment of evidence are applied’, he said. 

With Mr Power remaining suspended d until he retired in the summer, Mr Warcup took on the reins of the force during that difficult time. 

But after two years of running the force in an acting role, Mr Warcup no longer wanted to be appointed as police chief. He attributes the decision to the uncertainty over whether his appointment as police chief would be confirmed. While that went on. he was unable to buy a house in the island. ‘It was a very upsetting period which was clearly affecting my personal life, he said. 

He was taken aback by criticism by some States Members about his involvement in Mr Power's suspension, although he had the full support of Home Affairs Minister Ian be Marquand, who believed he should become police chief. 

Mr Warcup said that policing could be challenging and that it was important to receive a broad mandate to do the job. ‘It became clear that not all States members supported me in becoming police chief. Although It was a small group, that situation could have made my tenure very difficult,’ he said. 

He added that he respected the right of politicians to challenge public servants and call them to account, but in some cases those people did not have the right of reply he said. 

Mr Warcup was the victim of stinging comments on some Internet blogs about his role In Mr Power's suspension.  ‘In some public-service roles you must have broad shoulders, but in this case my integrity was being called into question by totally unfounded suggestions and allegations’ he said. 

In his view, serious consideration needed to be given in Jersey and the UK in how to deal with unfounded allegations made on the Internet which could be very distressing for those concerned. It is wrong to treat people in this way particularly those who are not in a position to defend themselves.’
 
Mr Warcup said that had there been a police authority in the island when he had faced the dilemma about what to do about his concerns over the inquiry the situation could have been prevented from escalating so much.
‘A police authority which has the trust of the public and able to challenge the force over how they are delivering policing to the community would have examined the concerns being raised in some areas’ he said. 

Mr Warcup’s role in Mr Power’s suspension came in for some criticism from employment law expert Brian Napier QC in his report on the way It was carried out. Mr Napier said, however, that Mr Warcup had found himself in an extraordinarily difficult situation and was genuinely concerned to do the right thing. 

Mr Warcup absolutely rejects Mr Napier’s criticism, saying that he failed to raise issues he mentioned in the report to him during their three hour discussion, and did not make clear in his report exactly what he meant by his criticism. 

‘I don’t think the Napier report is a complete assessment of the full circumstances which existed at the time, or that Mr Napier was in possession of all of the facts,’ Mr Warcup said.
He counts among his achievements while in the post as working with acting deputy police chief Barry Taylor to introduce an improved system of succession planning and leadership training. There had also been improved efficiency in managing calls from the public, more effective use of resources, and levels of crime had dropped. And public satisfaction of police services, shown in surveys, remained high, he said.
Mr Warcup’s experience of life in Jersey has been far from totally negative, however and he has enjoyed many of the other challenges which his job brought with it. 

‘I hope I have left a positive legacy and a platform on which the new police chief can build a force,’ he said. He also has a fondness for the island which he regards as a safe and pleasant place in which to live.  Returning with his wife to the northeast of England, he will be seeking a new role outside policing and from time to time, they intend to come back to the island to visit friends they have made here. 



PRESS RELEASE
OPERATION RECTANGLE 


Following the conclusion of the trial involving Morag and Tony Jordan, the States of Jersey Police confirm that there are no further Court cases outstanding in relation to the historical abuse enquiry, known as Operation Rectangle carried out by the force between September, 2007 and December, 2010.  

The completion of this case marks the end of a thorough and detailed enquiry into allegations of historical abuse within the child care system in Jersey during the period from 1941 to 2009.

The scope of the enquiry, the details of which are set out below, dealt with offences committed in children’s homes, institutions and private residences within the Island.  A major part of the enquiry focused on matters at the former children’s home Haut de la Garenne, where enquiries covered the period between 1960 to 1986, when the home closed.

During the lifetime of Operation Rectangle:

1,776 statements were taken. 

9,874 documents were collated during the enquiry, with 4,620 exhibits seized.  

533 offences were reported and recorded under the National Crime Recording Standards. Under these standards, one offence is recorded for either a single offence or series of similar offences against one victim by the same alleged offender. 

Of the total of 533 offences, 274 were alleged sexual offences; 238 were offences of assault, ill-treatment or neglect, 17 were offences of Grave and Criminal Assault and there were four other offences. 

315 offences were reported as being committed at Haut de la Garenne; 66 at other homes or institutions and 152 at places where children were fostered or in private addresses. 

43% of all offences allegedly committed at Haut de la Garenne were sexual offences. 84% of all offences in foster care or private residences were sexual offences.

Eight people (seven men and one woman) have been charged and tried before the Courts in Jersey with seven successful prosecutions resulting from these cases. 

The eight people were prosecuted for a total of 145 offences (27%).  

As a result of the complaints received, 151 named offenders were identified, 41 other offenders were not identified.

A total of 192 individual victims were identified.

30 of the named offenders were identified as having died before the enquiry was undertaken.

The total policing costs of the Historical Abuse Enquiry to date is £7,574,636, of which £5,088,328 is staff costs and £2,486,308 comprising non-staff costs (e.g. accommodation, travel and forensic costs).

Where appropriate, legal advice was obtained to determine if there was sufficient evidence to justify proceedings.

In recent months, the investigating team has also undertaken a detailed and thorough re-examination of all of the evidence to ensure that there were no potential lines of enquiry which remained outstanding. 

David Warcup, Acting Chief Officer of the States of Jersey Police, said: “Investigations of this nature are particularly difficult and protracted, especially for the victims, and officers have worked hard to ensure that the needs of victims have been met. Every allegation or complaint has been given full and proper consideration and all possible lines of enquiry have been pursued.

“At this point in time, there is no evidence from which it would be possible to mount any further prosecutions.

“Should evidence become available then the force will review this to determine what, if any, further action should be taken.

The States of Jersey Police will continue to investigate all allegations of abuse, whether historical or current, thoroughly and sensitively. The force has highly skilled, specialist officers trained in this area of work, and the States of Jersey Police remain committed to bringing offenders to justice.”

The NCRS is the method by which forces record crime to ensure standardisation throughout the UK and Channel Islands.  Under these rules, if a victim is repeatedly subjected to the same offence by the same offender it counts only as one offence for recording purposes. However, if an independent person commits a second crime, then this should be counted separately. The test to be applied in respect of recording a crime is that of the balance of probabilities i.e. is the incident more likely than not the result of a criminal act? In most cases, the belief by the victim (or person reasonably assumed to be acting on behalf of the victim) that a crime has occurred is sufficient to justify its recording, although this will not be the case in all circumstances. 

In a number of cases victims were unable to clarify or recall how many times they had been subject to violence or assault.



 In some cases there is the potential the persons unidentified were the same persons as a named offenders.


I thought I would post this little Video of the Two Marches we held. These were great days and so worth it.  '

" What do we want, Justice When do we want it Now "




I will let Lenny Harper have the last word

David Warcup is way off the mark. According to the victims/survivors police stopped working hard to ensure the needs of the victims were being met as soon as he arrived and engineered the constructive fit up, sorry, suspension of Graham Power. Now the officers working on the enquiry were substantially the same as those who had drawn such praise from the victims in the preceding months. Nothing changed except the two in charge, the very same two whose spatial awareness led to them mistaking seven foot cellars for floor voids and getting the wrong dates on important letters, not to mention of course missing important bits of the so called Met interim report. It doesn't take much to guess why looking after the interests of the abuse victims suddenly diminished in importance. Lenny Harper



Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Jersey Power Structure ( plc )





This is just a very quick post. 


I will be doing a post just before the New Year. 


Looking back over this past year it has been a very long road in fact a very emotional road, i find it very hard to put into words what this year has brought and the gains made, i will hope to explain that in my last blog posting before the New Year.


I would like to take this opportunity in wishing all my  readers a very Merry Christmas. Thank you so much for the support you have shown myself and Team Voice. We do this because we believe that Truth Honesty and Integrity is worth fighting for.


I  also promise all the Survivors of the Jersey Historic Child Abuse Scandal that we will not stop in exposing the countless lies peddled by this Government and gutless media.


Show No FEAR and the truth will show its self.


Rico 




So, one of the major points that will need looking at in 2011 is the 'Jersey Power Structure'


So how has this shambles been able to plod along with no checks or balances 


Real Power and the Media 


This is my list of the Power Players that we will be looking at in 2011























 

Sir Philip Bailhache                                        


William Bailhache ( Deputy Bailiff )   ( in   my opinion the Jersey Don )     


 Bailiff Michael Birt



They are the real POWER in jERSEY.   William Bailhache as  Attorney General dropped dropped many cases in the historic child abuse investigation



They are the Untouchables 




Now further down the chain






They Control the Law Office. 


 Attorney General Tim le Cocq & Solicitor General Howard Sharpe








Under the control of the Bailhache Brothers  




They control the Chief Executive Bill Ogley



Bill Ogley is the link between the Judiciary the States Chamber and the Local in the back pocket MEDIA


The have control of the chamber because they have the Fixer. The Fixer is the one who does the lobbying and tallys up the votes on key issues he is the link between the above and the States Chamber






The FIXER Senator Philip Ozouf




And in all this we have the Media




John Averty Head of Guiton Group








Karin Rankin editor CTV  & Chris Bright editor of the Jersey Evening Post




We all know ho complicit the media have been including Auntie the old BBC Jersey


2011


Bring it on


rs