Edward Heath 'would have been investigated' into allegations of abuse, investigation reveals

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Dissatisfaction with the report has been expressed by Lord Hunt of Wirral, chair of the Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation, and Lord Armstrong of Ilminster, former cabinet secretary and PPS to Heath while he was prime minister.

Britain has been rocked in recent years by a series of revelations involving the sexual abuse of children by public figures - including United Kingdom entertainer Jimmy Savile - and allegations that the British establishment may have sought to cover up historic abuse claims involving some former senior politicians.

He said: "Children or adults that alleged they are being abused must have the trust and confidence in the police".

Wiltshire police said they received a total of 42 allegations relating to 40 separate individuals.

"There were compelling and obvious reasons to investigate allegations made about Sir Edward Heath", said Mike Veale, chief constable of Wiltshire Police.

The police said their findings would be presented to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, which was established in 2005 to investigate whether public and private institutions in England and Wales had taken sufficient action to protect children from sexual abuse.

"Operation Hydrant, the national co-ordinating body carried out two reviews on Operation Conifer, which concluded that a process of continuous review was in place in relation to proportionality and justification, that the national advice was being followed and that the investigation had been conducted in a manner consistent with the application of the principles of legitimacy and proportionality".

"(He) was an extremely prominent, influential and high-profile person, arguably one of the most powerful people in the world", he said. It is important to stress that is not the role of the police to judge the guilt or innocence of people in our criminal justice system.

The allegations include one of rape of a male under 16, three of indecent assault on a male under 16, four of indecent assault on a male under 14, and two of indecent assault on a male over 16, according to the BBC.

Wiltshire Chief Constable Mike Veale said officers have "gone where the evidence has taken us", whether it supported the allegations or not and that it would be an "indefensible dereliction" of duty to ignore them.

1962 While Heath was still Lord Privy Seal, he allegedly indecently assaulted a 10-year-old boy during a chance encounter in a public place while in the company of an unknown adult male.

Police said most of the alleged victims were boys from the ages of 11 to 15.

Claim: Heath allegedly indecently assaulted a man after paying him for sex in a hotel.

Sir Edward had a reputation of being cold and indifferent towards women.

'But I also believe it signals a watershed moment for people and victims who have suggested or implied there has been a state cover-up for some senior figures who may have been involved in child sexual abuse'.

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

"If you make a mass appeal for victims you are sure to get them, whether they are legitimate or not", he told Radio 4's Today program.


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