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Ex-officer cleared of misconduct

Lenny Harper
Lenny Harper retired from Jersey police force in August 2008

Jersey's former deputy chief police officer, Lenny Harper, has been cleared of allegations of professional misconduct and bullying.

He was investigated by the Devon and Cornwall force after some officers claimed he treated them unfairly.

Mr Harper was in charge of the historic child abuse investigation at the former Haut de la Garenne care home and retired last August.

He said he felt "vindicated" by the result of the inquiry.

Some of the five separate complaints against Mr Harper, and some of his colleagues, related to officers who said they were unfairly treated when disciplinary action was taken against them.

There are no criminal or misconduct matters arising

Jersey police statement

Jersey police said in a statement: "An independent inquiry regarding allegations made by complainants in Jersey has now been completed.

"There are no criminal or misconduct matters arising."

Mr Harper hit the headlines around the Channel Islands and in the UK when his investigation team claimed they had found evidence of murders at Haut de la Garenne.

But following his retirement a new police inquiry team said there was no such evidence.

It led to the island police force's chief officer, Graham Power, being suspended from his job in November while his handling of the historic abuse inquiry was investigated.

He "strenuously denies" any wrongdoing and has won leave to challenge his continuing suspension through a judicial review at the Royal Court. This is due to take place in June.

The historic abuse investigation is still ongoing.

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