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Sixth tooth found at Jersey home

A forensic officer digging at Haut de la Garenne
Forensic officers have been investigating allegations of abuse

A sixth tooth has been found in an underground chamber under a former Jersey children's home at the centre of an abuse investigation, police say.

Detectives leading the inquiry said bone fragments had also been found but it was not known if they were human.

It comes after the discovery of more bone fragments and five teeth, thought to be from a four or five-year-old child, in the cellar on Monday.

Experts are examining Monday's finds, performing carbon dating and DNA tests.

Jersey police said the results were expected in the middle of next week.

Remains of skull

The 18-month investigation into claims of sexual and physical abuse of children at Haut de la Garenne was stepped up in February after police found the partial remains of a child's skull buried in concrete in a stairwell.

During the excavation of four underground rooms which have been uncovered, police have found a number of items, including shackles and a bath, which they say corroborate claims from victims.

More than 100 people say they were abused at the home, with allegations dating back to the 1960s.

Police say they have more than 40 suspects.

So far one man has been arrested in connection with Haut de la Garenne, although his arrest is unconnected with the discovery of bone fragments and the ongoing forensic search there.

Gordon Claude Wateridge is charged with three offences of indecent assault on girls under 16 between 1969 and 1979 when he was a warden at the home.

The 76-year-old, originally from Croydon, Surrey, appeared in court on Monday and his case has been adjourned for further hearings on 9 June and 7 July.

He has not yet entered a plea.

A second man has been arrested as part of the wider inquiry into abuse on the island, which has seen all care centres there investigated.

Claude Donnelly, of St Brelade, is charged with raping and sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl between 1971 and 1974 on the island.

He appeared before magistrates on April 30 when the case was adjourned until May 28.

The 68-year-old has not entered a plea.

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