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Sunday, 21 October 2012

"Monty & Gorst To Have A Good Old Chin-Wag On The C.O.I "

Chief Minister quizzed over Savile claims

Montford Tadier & Ian Gorst

Jersey's Chief Minister is to be quizzed about allegations linking Jimmy Savile to abuse at a former children's home in the island.

Deputy Montfort Tadier wants to know whether the claim of at least one incident at Haut de la Garenne will have any impact on the compensation scheme which was set up for victims of abuse.

The Deputy is also asking whether the revelation will have any bearing on the forthcoming inquiry into historic child abuse in Jersey.

Last week Channel Television reported one former Haut de la Garenne resident claimed she was molested by Savile in 1972, when she was 12 years old.

Jersey Police confirmed they had received allegations about Savile in 2008, but didn't have enough evidence to proceed at the time.

The Metropolitan Police have set up Operation Yewtree, a nationwide operation to investigate hundreds of allegations and lines of inquiry about the late TV presenter.

Deputy Tadier will air his question in the States on Tuesday. His exact question is: "Will the Chief Minister explain what impact, if any, the recent revelation that high profile UK celebrities may have abused children in States of Jersey care homes will have on the Historical Redress Scheme and the forthcoming proposals for a Committee of Inquiry into historical child abuse in the Island?"

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