Monthly Archives: December 2015

Feud with police ‘affected help for people in need’

A feud blew up after social worker Claire Gannon was told she could not be part of an investigation into child abuse by police officer Jeromy Cairns-Wicks. It was “in full swing” when a Lucy Faithfull Foundation team arrived to … Continue reading

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Island ‘still being run as a colony’, says Wass

The governor’s role as ‘head of state’ on an island of just 4,000 people is getting in the way of running the island properly, the Wass Inquiry has found. “The picture that emerged to the inquiry panel was that St … Continue reading

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Saints ‘going without care’ since clinics closed

A lack of equipment in St Helena’s hospital is exposed in the Wass Report. “We found that the hospital lacked the rudimentary facilities required for the care of the sick,” it says. “We were told by nurses that there was … Continue reading

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Police whistle-blower ‘deserves apology’ after being forced out

St Helena Government acted to “remove” a police officer after he blew the whistle on  “potential wrongdoing” – before his claims had even been investigated. The Wass report says he acted honourably and should receive a written apology, “preferably from Governor … Continue reading

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Lasting shame of disabled girl ‘left to waste away’

The treatment of a severely disabled teenager on St Helena “should be a matter of lasting shame” to the island’s government, the Wass Inquiry report has declared. She had been “left to waste away” at Barn View Residential Unit at Longwood. … Continue reading

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Doing a Hudson Lowe: tell London, get a report, don’t act on it

Governor Mark Capes has been compared with the notorious Hudson Lowe, the man who acted as Napoleon’s gaoler on St Helena. Both governors turned to London when difficult problems arose, says the Wass Inquiry report. But officials in London had … Continue reading

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No cover-up, no corruption, no routine abuse: Wass inquiry dismisses claims that ‘grossly and unfairly’ tainted St Helena

Allegations of corruption and of child abuse being covered up on St Helena and Ascension Island have been searingly dismissed at the end of a 13-month inquiry. Sasha Wass QC and her inquiry team found no justification for “lurid” headlines … Continue reading

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Governor ‘failed to act on urgent warnings’

Governor Mark Capes was given urgent warnings of problems with social work and legal problems on St Helena and Ascension Island – and failed to act on them. As a result, Claire Gannon arrived to take up her social services … Continue reading

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Gannon found ‘chaos’ after governor left island without social worker

Claire Gannon arrived to find chaos and a lack of staff in St Helena’s social services department thanks to government failures to take recruitment seriously, the Wass Report says. Governor Mark Capes failed to act on a warning that the … Continue reading

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£1.2m buys training, resources and results – SHG

  An extra £1.2 million from the UK in 2015 has helped fund a series of measures to protect children and care for victims of sex abuse. St Helena Online asked the island government to detail measures taken to improve safeguarding of … Continue reading

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