Graves at Children's Home Turn Out to Be TV Set

Police press on in hunt for remains
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2008 8:09 AM CST
Partial view of the basement of the children's home "Les hauts de la Garenne" in Saint-Martin, on the Channel Island of Jersey, Sunday March 2, 2008, on the site at the centre of abuse and ill treatment...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – British police searching for bodies near a former children's home discovered a field full of shallow graves—only to learn it had been a mock graveyard for a TV show, the Daily Telegraph reports. The infuriated police chief "put his head in his hands and uttered a few choice words" after being told workers for a BBC detective series dug the graves, said a source.

Teams using high-tech equipment will continue searching the building and its grounds. Reports of horrific child abuse at the home over decades have already led investigators to a skull and to four bricked-up rooms police suspect were torture chambers. Some of the 160 victims who have come forward say they knew of children there who vanished, never to be seen again.