From: Andy Sibcy <ASibcy@jerseyeveningpost.com>
Sent: Tuesday, 19 July 2011, 10:02
Subject: News of the World
Senator Le Marquand has now published his answer to a States question asked by Senator Ben Shenton. Please find both below.
Would you like to respond?
WRITTEN QUESTION TO THE MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS
BY SENATOR B.E. SHENTON
ANSWER TO BE TABLED ON MONDAY 18th JULY 2011
Given the revelations in respect of journalistic practises of the News of the World, coupled with the disclosure that a journalist from the newspaper was entertained at a top London restaurant at the height of the Haut de la Garenne investigation by the then Deputy Chief Officer, is the Minister satisfied that all future dealings with the media will be handled in a professional manner.Does he have any evidence to show whether any underhand practices were undertaken by the News of the World when investigating the Haut de la Garenne allegations?Answer
I am very concerned that the News of the World is referred to twice in the independent reports which I have received in relation to the Haut de la Garenne investigation.The first occasion was on the morning of the day on which the first press conference was held by
the then Deputy Chief Officer and Senior Investigating Officer. On that morning, 23 February 2008, a News of the World photographer was found in the bushes at Haut de la Garenne. In my view, there must have been some leak of information to that newspaper prior to that date.
However, much more concerning is the incident referred to which took place on 1 May 2008 when a female News of the World reporter, together with a number of police officers who were involved with the case were entertained by the then Deputy Chief Officer and Senior
Investigating Officer at an expensive London restaurant at a cost of 699.00. It is very concerning that subsequently a female reporter from the News of the World produced an article which made references
a) to HELLFIRE Jersey Homes dossier to reveal children were murdered then burnt and b) to a SHOCK secret police report into the Jersey House of Hell Childrens Home reveals youngsters there WERE murdered then BURNED in a furnace to COVER UP the atrocities. The report then goes on to reveal various details which are very
likely to have been provided by a Police Officer or Officers. The full text of the Article is duplicated on a number of websites.
I am satisfied that the current leadership of the States of Jersey Police acts and will act in a proper and professional manner in relation to its dealings with the press.However, I can never exclude the possibility of individual Police Officers improperly leaking information to the press.
I do not have any evidence of underhand practices being undertaken by the News of the World in relation to the Haut de la Garenne investigation but doubt as to whether this would have been
necessary in the light both of the nature of police press conferences and other provision of confidential information which characterised the early stages of this investigation.
From: Lenny Harper
Sent: 19 July 2011 10:52
To: Andy Sibcy
Cc: voiceforchildrenvoiceforchildren; ricosorda
Subject: Re: News of the World
Mr Sibcy, If this was not so sickening it would be funny. Mr Shenton has a history of trying to smear the abuse victims and to discredit the investigation into the atrocities inflicted on them. He also has a history of colluding with corrupt police officers in attempting the same. This is just a rather pathetic ploy to divert attention from the deluge of evidence to the Scrutiny Panel which is putting the spotlight on the efforts of his cronies to cover up the abuse and previous cover ups. Here are some facts which Shenton conspicuously ignores in trying to link me to the News of the World scandal.
The current scandal involving the Met Police revolves around decisions being taken not to investigate matters which MIGHT have been influenced by considerations being received by police officers. I seem to be the only cop in trouble for not receiving hospitality from the NOTW but actually using my hospitality budget to pay for dinner.As someone in Jersey said to me yesterday, I really was a maverick cop
Secondly, the Home Affairs Minister has said that there was no evidence of improper behaviour by the NOTW in the HDLG investigation.There was of course the incident of the photographer in the bushes - funny, but when I gave that as a reason for the initial press release, Mr Shenton was rather scathing.
I have been on record many times, as was Graham Power, that we were very concerned about leaks to the media and made strenuous efforts to track the leaks down. Someone obviously did leak to the NOTW but it was not necessarily a police officer. The Chief Minister's office was aware of the activity at HDLG as were a number of States members some of whom visited the home before the NOTW arrived there. However, I would not rule out a police leak.
Mr Shenton also ignores the uncomfortable fact, (as has your own newspaper) that a respected Anthropologist in the UK said that human juvenile bones were buried after being burnt and that when buried they were "fleshed and fresh." The other wilder language used in the NOTW article unfortunately drew attention away from that fact. Every police officer present, both from the SOJP and the Met, at that meeting and dinner with the NOTW journalist will testify that nothing improper was said. The NOTW were showing huge interest in the case and it was good sense to try and keep their reporting within reasonably factual bounds. That was why we met with their Chief Crime Reporter. The meeting commenced much earlier and continued over dinner. Mr Shenton also ignores the fact the paperhad spoken also to a number of victims and carried horrific accounts from them. His attempt to further smear me is all rather pathetic. As I have repeated so often before, I am on easily accessible public media sources stating there was NO evidence of murder. Let me point Mr shenton in the direction of two of them - the BBC News site of 1st July 2008, and the Jersey Evening Post itself.
The attempt by Mr Shenton to draw me into the furore surrounding the NOTW is indicitive of his desperation. One can imagine the glee he would have reacted with if it had emerged that I had actually received the hospitality of the NOTW instead of the other way around. It is maybe time that Shentonstarted giving answers as to whyhe and othersare so determined to stop the abuse victims receiving justice instead of further enhancing his reputation as the "Lenny Henry" man who treated a serious matter with such contempt.
Finally, he ought also to consider the possibility that the hacking of phones may have extended to those involved in whatever way, in the abuse investigation in Jersey. Perhaps he could earn some of his salary and establish if any police officers or politicians were indeed victims of the NOTW hacking activities instead of the lame attempt to further discredit victims and those seeking justice for them.
I have copied this response to two Jersey blogs as I have no real expectation that all of whatI said will get an airing once you pass it to your editors.
From: "Andy Sibcy" <ASibcy@jerseyeveningpost.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2011 11:19:34 +0100
To: Lenny Harper<
Subject: RE: News of the World
Thanks for your response. I have the names of the Jersey officers and civilian present and will be speaking to them. It has been alleged to me that during the meal you received a call which you took privately. It is further alleged that you returned to the table and loudly announced that childrens bodies had been found at HDLG.
This, I am told, raised eyebrows among other members of the investigating team, but you later said that Lucy Panton had given her word it would not get reported in the NOTW.
Can you please name the Met officers present?
I will endeavour to quote as much of your response below as I can.
I see you are back in front of the microphone up there in Ayr.
From: lenny harper
Sent: 19 July 2011 11:36
To: Andy Sibcy; rico sorda; voiceforchildren voiceforchildren
Subject: Re: News of the World
I did take a private call and it stayed private. News of the bones went out soon after to beat any leak . The Met oifficers made written statements to wiltshire in which they confirmed nothing untoward was said, as did the serving SOJP officers. You should ask for those as they seem to have vanished. Is this old ground really more newsworthy than the revelations of corruption among my successors at scrutiny, or is it part of the strategy to hide scrutiny from your readers? Just asking! Lenny