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Abuse inquiry bunker revealed

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POLICE today allowed access to the large complex of German bunkers near Haut de la Garenne which they have been searching for evidence of child abuse for the past three weeks.

They said yesterday that nothing of huge significance had been found in the warren of underground rooms and tunnels. However, as some victims had alleged that they had been abused in the area, it was important to carry out a thorough search. Layouts in the bunkers which the victims described have been examined to look for corroborative evidence.

States police forensic services manager Vicky Coupland said that while working in the bunkers on National Trust land which had been covered with earth and thick undergrowth, forensic staff had been obliged to battle against poor air quality, no natural lighting and water in some places.

The operation has uncovered a warren of tunnels near Victoria Tower, a short distance from the main centre of the search at the old Haut de la Garenne children's home.

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