Former British Prime Minster 'child sex abuse suspect'

Former British Prime Minster 'child sex abuse suspect'

Former British Prime Minster 'child sex abuse suspect'

The investigation was codenamed Operation Conifer.

Sir Edward Heath served as Britain's Prime Minister from 1970-1974 and died in 2005.

According to the report, "no inference of guilty should be drawn from the fact that Heath would have been interviewed under caution".

Claim: Heath allegedly raped and indecently assaulted a boy, 11, during a paid sexual encounter. It has since been said that the Chief Constable of Wiltshire, Mike Veale, now regrets this choice of location, though not the appeal.

"Sir Edward Heath was an extremely prominent, influential and high-profile person".

He said: "The report does not draw any conclusions as to the likely guilt or innocence of Sir Edward Heath".

She said: "In regard to the allegations concerning Sir Edward Heath, the inquiry will investigate whether there was any knowledge within Westminster institutions, and if so, what actions were taken".

"In the case of the other, a criminal investigation was undertaken and an individual was formally cautioned for an offence of wasting police time after they admitted that they had misled the investigation by making three separate disclosures, where they had purported to be three different people".

The report has caused a backlash from defenders of the leader of the Conservative party from 1965 to 1975.

"The investigation did not know what it did not know", he said.

The police reports, however, will be considered by the UK's Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

The former prime minister's reputation "should not be left in limbo", said Robert Armstrong, a former top public servant, and David Hunt, chairman of Heath's charitable foundation.

But many would not have met the threshold required for the former prime minister to be interviewed because of undermining evidence, officers said.

Lincoln Seligman, Sir Edward's godson, called for an official inquiry into what he said were serious flaws in Operation Conifer.

"Furthermore, in line with recognised best practice, Wiltshire Police recently commissioned Operation Hydrant to undertake an independent review of the investigation to ensure its ongoing proportionality and justification".

"What we've looked to do with each one of those is actually provide them, where they've wanted it, with victim support plans to support them through this process, and importantly at the end of this investigation".

Amid cries of outrage from friends of the former Conservative leader, who would be 101 had he lived, investigators ruled that seven of the 42 claims against Sir Edward were "sufficiently credible" to justify questioning him under caution.

An allegation that Ted Heath indecently assaulted a 10 year old boy in Kent in the company of another unknown man in a public location in 1962.

"Victims of abuse need to know they will be taken seriously, allegations investigated thoroughly, and that no one is above the law".

Last November Dr Rachel Hoskins, a leading criminologist enlisted by detectives to examine the evidence in the inquiry, warned the force she had uncovered a "catalogue of fabrication".

While Lord Macdonald QC, a former director of public prosecutions, accused police of "covering their backs" at the expense of a man who can no longer defend himself.

The wide-reaching investigation, called Operation Conifer, began in August 2015.

Heath was named as a suspect in 2015 in an investigation launched in July 2014 into the so-called historical child sex abuse.

In total, more than 40 allegations were made against the MP, who was born in Albion Road in 1916.

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