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Police 'regret' appointing Lenny Harper

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THE States police 'regret' appointing Lenny Harper as the senior investigating officer of the historical abuse inquiry in 2007, a lawyer for the force told the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry on Thursday.

And in a second highly critical submission to the panel later in the day, a legal representative for the Law Officers' Department said Mr Harper had an 'astonishing attitude' to dealing with the media, which negatively impacted on the force.

Advocate Jeremy Garrood, on behalf of the police, said that during the operation, named Operation Rectangle, Mr Harper had been 'ill advised' to tell the media that the 'potential remains of a child' has been found at the Haute de la Garenne care home - following tests it was revealed that the fragments were not human remains.

Oliver Glasgow, QC, representing the Law Officers' Department, said that Mr Harper misled the media and his actions were a 'disservice' to the victims of child abuse.

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