UK councils check on fate of children they sent to Jersey

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As concern mounts over links between the child abuse allegations in Jersey and victims from England, Birmingham City Council is investigating its case files to try to verify what happened to children it sent to the island. A spokesperson said: "Over the past 50 years Birmingham has placed a very small number of children in care in Jersey."

Several hundred people gathered in the Royal Square, St Helier, to support those alleging abuse at Haut de la Garenne and to call for political change. Former residents of the home, many of whom found their memories too painful to speak about, stood in the crowd.

Some wept as they heard speakers from the newly formed Time 4 Change group that is calling for an end to what it says is "a culture of secrecy" in Jersey.

Yet more bone fragments, still to be examined by forensic experts, have been found by police, The Sunday Telegraph reports today.