Reblogged from Rico Sorda
DEPT/SUPT MICK GRADWELL - THE SECRET RECORDINGS - THE CULTURE OF CONCEALMENT -9
CULTURE OF CONCEALMENT - 9
THE JERSEY CHILD ABUSE COVER-UP
THE SECRET RECORDINGS.
DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT MICK GRADWELL TALKS TO ABUSE SURVIVORS
MiICK GRADWELL TELLS ABUSE SURVIVORS :
" WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO YOU FROM THE BEGINNING THROUGH TO THE PRESENT TIME HAS BEEN FAR FROM FIRST CLASS"
THAT HAS GOT TO BE THE BIGGEST UNDERSTATEMENT I HAVE EVER HEARD.
HE SHOWS THEM EVIDENCE DURING A LIVE INVESTIGATION
HE MENTIONS CELLARS - I THOUGHT THEY WERE VOIDS????????
HE TALKS ABOUT SHACKLES FOUND IN HAUT DELA GARENNE
HE TELLS THE ABUSE SURVIVORS THAT - "NOT EVEN LENNY HARPER IS SAYING THEY ARE RESTRAINTS"
THE PRESS CONFERENCE ON THE 12TH NOVEMBER 2008 ACCORDING TO MICK GRADWELL GOT MISS REPRESENTED - BY WHO? THE JERSEY MEDIA? UK MEDIA?
"People are doing all sorts of weird things and lying"
Who could he be referring to?
I have come into possession of over 2 hours of secret recordings. These were made between November 2008 and November 2009. For legal reasons I'm only publishing the first 6 minutes of Mick Gradwell. The rest has gone off Island for safe keeping. They will appear at the forthcoming Committee of Enquiry as long as the terms of reference are fit for purpose. I will not mention or hint at what is contained in these recordings. They cover a number of different issues regarding Operation Rectangle.They were taken covertly. They were taken as Insurance against future lies
Mick Gradwell was the Senior Investigating Officer of Operation Rectangle (Jersey Child Abuse Investigation) between September 2008 and September 2009 having taken over from Lenny Harper who left at the end of July 2008. On the 12th November 2008 the Jersey Authorities suspended the Chief of Police Graham Power. This coincided with a press conference held on the same day by Deputy Chief Officer David Warcup and Mick Gradwell.
Between the 12th November and 15th November 2008 Mick Gradwell started up a working relationship with the one journalist who was hell bent on trashing the Jersey Investigation. That Journalist was none other than David Rose of the Daily Mail. It is well documented on my previous postings how Mick Gradwell was caught leaking selective information to David Rose. The essential reading on this can be found here:
On the 15th November 2008 David Rose wrote this article in the Mail on Sunday:
Then, on the 18th November 2008, Abuse Survivors were asked to attend the States Of Jersey Police Station meeting at 2pm on the former Summerland site. Dept/Supt Mick Gradwell wanted to explain to the survivors why they had called the press conference on the 12th November 2008. The meeting lasted for about 30 minutes. They were shown evidence and asked to comment on it. The ones I have spoken to have all said how crazy they found the situation.
The Audio you can hear below is from that meeting. It starts off a little noisy. I would suggest best listened to with headphones if you find it hard to hear.
Recorded on the 18th - November - 2008
6 days after the illegal suspension of Police Chief Graham Power.
I have also asked Lenny Harper for his reply on this audio. I produce his response below.
I have been asked by Rico Sorda to comment on the recording of Mick Gradwell talking to Abuse survivors in Jersey in 2008. I have to confess that I have found this a fairly difficult thing to do. The recording reveals bizarre and scarcely credulous behaviour from someone who rated himself very highly as a detective and who of course was championed by the journalist David Rose who spends a great deal of his time rubbishing and smearing victims of child abuse.
I do not think I have ever heard anything like this from a senior investigating officer ever before. Why he felt the need to plead, rather pathetically, that he “is not bent” I cannot imagine. It is almost as if he realised that the misinformation and untruths which he spouted at that Press Conference in November 2008 in relation to the cellars and more, had been well and truly nailed and that he had to try and somehow deflect the criticism from himself. He couldn’t very well come out and say that he had been directed to say what he had said by senior figures in the Jersey establishment, but most certainly he and David Warcup had a very different relationship with William Bailache and senior politicians from those that Graham Power and I had. Indeed, David Warcup spent several hours more with the AG in deep discussion than he spent with me before I left, and it was me he was taking over from.
Not much of what he says in response to those at the meeting makes sense or indeed rings true. Let me comment on just a few of those things he said.
He states that “evidence Lenny Harper gathered indicates no murders.” In this he is telling the truth. The only thing is that I had been saying that for some months before him. He and Mr Warcup told the public and media that I had been saying the opposite. This is despite the vast amount of open source media evidence that proves otherwise.
He makes a comment about Jersey “not paying his wages.” I am not sure about this. He was interviewed for the job from a shortlist of six. You may recall that he was the only one of the six who could not be bothered to speak to me before the process was completed. Coincidence? Or did he know something we didn’t? He says his salary and other aspects had nothing to do with Jersey. Was he not interviewed by them and are we expected to believe that he was cost neutral to the island?
He also made the comment that “People in court are being linked to things that did not happen.” This was a rather sad and lame attempt to justify the press conference during which he spread the misinformation about the cellars, bones, shackles, teeth, and my claims to the media. The truth is that NONE of those in court were being linked in any way to the finds at HDLG. Scan the evidence as long as you wish. You will find no such link. Gradwell must have known this. His comment that this was the only reason the press conference was held is garbage.
He also utters the untruth that no human bones were found. Here he conveniently ignores the evidence of Professor Chamberlain, whose statement incidentally, seemed to vanish in the world according to Gradwell. Similarly the evidence about the teeth from, I think, Mr Lidwell.
Gradwell also claims that “Lenny Harper’s own scientist” also now believed there was no human bone. This is a total fabrication as a quick perusal of the Anthropologists’ worksheet will show. This document incidentally has been published on Rico’s blog.
I also take exception to his claim that some people had come forward who “had never been to HDLG in their lives.” We certainly had some people claiming abuse at HDLG who were not shown on any official records and who had been labelled as liars by some corrupt senior police officers in the past. However, we knew that the records at HDLG were incomplete, indeed worthless, and we had proved the activities of those police officers in trying to destroy evidence and obstruct a proper investigation. Gradwell must have been aware of this. To attempt to portray the investigation as having a large number of false allegations stinks of the smear attempts made by David Rose and other so called journalists in recent weeks.
This recording gives a real insight into the mind and the capability of the so called (self labelled) top detective. It is a pity he has not been so quick to come forward and explain himself to the Scrutiny Panel as he was to try and smear the investigation and those victims of the Jersey care system that the enquiry was trying to obtain some small measure of justice for.
This is Dept/Supt Mick Gradwell showing the BBC the evidence on the 12th November 2008. This upset many victims. What exactly did Dept/supt Gradwell do during his year secondment? Remember, when I went to the Home Affairs Sub Panel with my evidence the only person who refused to take part was Mick Gradwell. The man who would not stop in trashing Lenny Harper had the perfect opportunity under cross examination to explain his actions. He refused to take part. Yup, really had the Abuse Survivors close to his heart.
Part Time Investigative Journalist
Tomorrow at 7.30pm the BBC should have a programme going out about the Jersey Child Abuse Investigation.
read more ans see video at http://ricosorda.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/deptsupt-mick-gradwell-secret.html