Reports of Horror at UK Orphanage Extend to 2007

Cops warn suspects not to threaten victims
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 3, 2008 11:15 AM CST
A general view shows a building which used to be the Haut de la Garenne children's home, in St Martin, Jersey, Tuesday Feb. 26, 2008. A macabre scene unfolded Tuesday at the closed home on the Channel...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – British police are investigating charges that assaults at a notorious children's home occurred as recently as late last year, the Guardian reports. The revelation is the latest twist in an unraveling tale of sexual and physical abuse at the government-run home on the island of Jersey. Detectives said at least one suspect has threatened a victim, and they warned others not to follow suit.

More than 160 people who once lived in the home have reported abuse stretching back decades in what investigators now believe may have been part of an island-wide assault ring. The first pictures of the underground "punishment rooms" described by residents were released yesterday. Officers are currently monitoring local ports and the airport, watching for suspects trying to flee the island.