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Cellar bones found at Jersey home

An investigator examines on of the four cellars
Partial remains of a child's skull were found at the home in February

Bone fragments and five teeth have been found in an underground cellar under a former Jersey children's home at the centre of a child abuse investigation.

Detectives leading one of the biggest abuse inquiries in UK history said the remains had undergone initial examinations in the UK.

The teeth, found at the Haut de la Garenne home, are thought to be from a child aged four or five.

They will now undergo tests including carbon dating and DNA testing.

A spokeswoman for Jersey Police said: "There have now been a total of five teeth found.

"These items have been sent for further examination in the UK.

"We are not expecting any update on these results before the beginning 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.

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 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.




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