Police continue child abuse investigations on island of Jersey

Other News Materials 28 February 2008 13:35 (UTC +04:00)

(dpa) - Police on the Channel island of Jersey off the south coast of Britain were Thursday continuing their painstaking investigations into child abuse at a former home where large-scale abuse is alleged to have taken place.

Officers, assisted by forensic experts and archaeologists, were expected to break through to a second bricked-up chamber in the cellar of the Haut de la Garenne home in the town of St Martin.

A sniffer dog, trained to find human remains, reacted "strongly" when it was sent into the first hidden room Wednesday.

Police said more than 160 people have called in to report they were abused at the home in the 1970s and 1980s.

Inquiries have so far uncovered 40 suspects and prompted 200 phone calls from alleged victims and witnesses, after a child's skull was found in the home's cellar Saturday.