Jersey's new deputy police chief, David Warcup, has expressed regret at "inaccurate" information released by his predecessors in the former children's home abuse inquiry on the island.
The Deputy Chief Officer's colleague, Det Supt Michael Gradwell, said there was no evidence a rusty piece of metal found in rubble at Haut de la Garenne could be described as a "shackle".
Det Supt Gradwell said an item believed to be part of a child's skull was more likely to be a piece of coconut shell.
The officer referred to metal found in spaces below the floorboards of Haut de la Garenne, which had been thought to be "restraints".
"There was no evidence or
indication to suggest this is anything suspicious," he said.
What had been thought to be cellars, possibly used as dungerons, were dismissed by police as "floor voids" because of their shallow depth.
Police said an underground bath had not been used since the 1920s and forensic examination rejected the idea that blood had been found.
Mr Warcup, pictured, said the man he replaced, retired Lenny Harper, had been wrong to suggest children might have been murdered at the home.
Lenny Harper, pictured here in March, said Mr Warcup's comments about his previous statements were a "blatant misrepresentation".