The People, 27th January 1985
Daily Mail, 4th August 2008
by Eileen Fairweather
At least five children were illegally placed in care on Jersey by Birmingham social services, which then lost track of them.
Four of the youngsters – who are now adults – are still on the island and have been traced by local police. But the whereabouts of the fifth, a male born in the Fifties, remains unknown.
The revelation comes amid continuing police investigations into 100 charred bone fragments and 65 milk teeth found at Jersey’s now notorious Haut de la Garenne former children’s home.
Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming, who discovered that his local city council had sent children to Jersey, believes other children from the UK ‘were also placed in care there’.
The MP for Birmingham Yardley added: ‘The Government has refused to order councils to check properly because it does not want to open a can of worms, on the links between abusers in England and Jersey.’
The Mail on Sunday has also learned that children from UK local authorities, which have also been the subject of abuse allegations, were taken on holiday to Haut de la Garenne, where the bone fragments are said to belong to five children whom detectives believe were killed.
The inquiry suffered a setback last week when forensic experts revealed that the age of the remains cannot be dated, meaning a murder inquiry is unlikely. But nearly 100 former care residents have alleged gross physical and sexual abuse.
Birmingham council only discovered it had placed five children in foster care on Jersey because, at Mr Hemming’s request, it checked old accounts. It found it made payments to Jersey for child care between 1960 and 1990. Yet a social work file survived on only one child.