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UK police brought in over Planning corruption claims

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AN English police force has been brought in to investigate allegations of corruption in Jersey’s Planning Department, the JEP can today reveal.

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A number of officers from the Norfolk Constabulary are currently in the Island interviewing witnesses and reviewing documents.

A spokeswoman for the States police said: ‘We can confirm that a number of officers from the UK are in the Island investigating a historic planning complaint. This investigation was sanctioned by the Minister of Home Affairs and two officers were sworn in on 22 September.’

She added: ‘I can confirm the officers are from Norfolk Constabulary and that out of the investigation team two of them have been sworn in. The numbers vary depending on the demands of the investigation.

‘In certain circumstances SOJP will seek ministerial approval so that we can request an outside force to assist us. This is solely to provide an element of impartiality.’

When approached by the JEP, Environment Minister John Young said he was not aware of the investigation.

In 2010 the department was the subject of a police investigation after Deputy Carolyn Labey made allegations of ‘grand-scale’ planning corruption involving civil servants, solicitors and at least one politician.

Two years later the police concluded their investigation and said they had found no evidence of any criminal wrongdoing.

Lucy Stephenson

By Lucy Stephenson
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