Police investigate child sex abuse claims against former British Prme Minister Edward Heath





Police investigate child sex abuse claims against former British Prme Minister Edward Heath

Police in Britain have begun investigating child sexual abuse allegations against the late former British Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath (Pictured) and have called on victims to come forwards, media reports in London said. 

Heath was unmarried and died in 2005 aged 89.
Heath was the seventh post war prime minister of Britain, serving from 1970 to 1974. He lost the Conservative party leadership to Margaret Thatcher, of whom he was a bitter and vocal critic.
Police appealed for “anyone who believes they may have been a victim” of the former Conservative leader to come forward, The Guardian reported. 
The police watchdog had announced an investigation into claims that law enforcers dropped a prosecution against a man in the 1990s after he threatened to name Heath as a child abuser, the paper reported adding that it had also learned that detectives have spoken to a man, now middle-aged, who says he was abused as a child by Heath on several occasions.
Allegations against Heath come amid numerous claims of establishment figures sexually abusing children and their crimes being covered up, the paper said.
Heath was unmarried and his private life has attracted speculation, some of which was lurid.
Detectives from Wiltshire police in western England, where the former British prime minister had a home close to Salisbury Cathedral, are now leading inquiries.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission said it would investigate the coverup claims and what Wiltshire police did to investigate the claims about Heath.
The man who threatened to name Heath is believed to have been charged with a serious offense, though not to do with child sexual abuse, and was due to stand trial at a crown court, The Guardian reported.

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Ted Heath’s Tory pals reject child sex claims

Following allegations of child sex abuse against former British prime minister Edward Heath friends have leapt to his defense.

Brian Binley, a former Conservative MP, told BBC radio he found the allegations hard to believe, describing Heath as “a very private person'' with a “very controlled'' personal life.

“People say there's no smoke without fire – well, there is sometimes smoke without fire, as we all know,'' Binley said.
Robert Vaudry, Heath's former private secretary, told The Times newspaper in London that when he worked for him from 1988 to 1992, he had a constant police accompaniment, as do all former premiers.

“It feels like a cheap shot and the fact is that he cannot defend himself because he is deceased,'' Vaudry added.
Heath rarely spoke about his private life despite years of media insinuations that he was gay at a time when any public declaration of homosexuality would have impeded a top-flight political career.

Danczuk said it was important that abuse allegations should be looked into.

“However high someone has reached in society, even to the level of prime minister, if there are allegations, serious allegations of awful abuse, they need to be investigated,'' he said.—AFP

   

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