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Tuesday, 26 July 2011

"New Cop In Jersey"

Superintendent Stewart Gull speaks about his career and taking on crime in Jersey

Jersey has a new Head of Crime in the form of an experienced Superintendent who worked on the high-profile Ipswich serial killer case.

Just yesterday, police revealed statistics showing the island is getting safer - and it is hoped that Superintendent Stewart Gull's experience will help reduce crime on the island even further.

The 48-year-old has been sworn in at the Royal Court and we spoke to him about his plans for tackling crime in Jersey.

His 30 years of experience leading a number of high profile cases for the Suffolk Constabulary, include conducting the day-to-day investigation into the murders of "Suffolk Strangler" Steve Wright, who slaughtered five of the town’s sex workers in late 2006.

He said of the case: "I found myself in a place that I never expected to be, as you can imagine finding five young victims in the course of a ten day period was unprecedented and unparallelled, unique probably to the UK and possibly the world, five victims found as quickly as that but as we now know the offender Steve Wright was identified five days after the fourth and fifth victims were found and he was subsequently convicted in early 2008."

Mr Gull was awarded the Queen's Police Medal two years ago for his achievements.

He said of coming to Jersey: "It was an incredible wrench, I am Suffolk born and bred, my father was a police officer and I served for 30 years so it was incredibly sad, but we all have to leave an organisation at some stage you know, one individual doesn't make up the whole parts, so I felt I was ready for a change, ready for a new challenge and really excited to be here."

He added: "Jersey, the community, the 90-odd thousand people who live on the island they're the same as any other community, simpler challenges, crime interestingly is at it's lowest for seven years which is fantastic achievement, I hope to be able to better that. It is a really safe place. But as we know we do have sadly from time to time we do have serious crime, major crime, critical incidents to deal with and I am hoping that with my experience and expertise that I can bring, working with colleagues here that we can minimise incidents of that nature."


  1. Oh dear Mr Sea Gull - 'simpler challenges'! Don't you believe it, don't you believe it.

    You have a lot to learn about this place.

  2. Or perhaps he just knows what he is expected to do and say.