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4 August 2015

Police investigate child sex abuse allegations made against former Prime Minister Edward Heath

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is looking into how the police handled allegations made in the Nineties about the former Prime Minister.

By New Statesman

UPDATE 4/8/15, 16:36
 
Former Prime Minister Edward Heath (who died in 2005) is being investigated by four police forces (the Met, Kent, Jersey, and Wiltshire) as part of their inquiries into allegations of historical child abuse. This is part of an inquiry into claims of abuse by high-profile establishment figures.
 
Sky News reports that Heath has been accused of raping a 12-year-old boy in a Mayfair flat in 1961.
 
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The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) will investigate allegations concerning the Wiltshire Police force’s handling of an alleged claim of child sexual abuse made in the Nineties against former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath.
 

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is to investigate allegations concerning Wiltshire Police’s handling of an alleged claim of child sexual abuse made in the 1990s.

It is alleged that a criminal prosecution was not pursued, when a person threatened to expose that Sir Edward Heath may have been involved in offences concerning children. In addition to this allegation, the IPCC will examine whether Wiltshire Police subsequently took any steps to investigate these claims.  

The allegations were referred to the IPCC by Wiltshire Police following allegations made by a retired senior officer.

Following the announcement today regarding an independent investigation by the IPCC into allegations concerning how Wiltshire Police handled an alleged claim of child sex abuse made in the 1990’s, we are carrying out enquiries to identify if there are any witnesses or victims who support the allegations of child sex abuse.

On becoming aware of the information, Wiltshire Police informed the IPCC and later made a mandatory referral. The IPCC investigation will specifically consider how the Force responded to allegations when they were received in the 1990’s.

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Sir Edward Heath has been named in relation to offences concerning children. He lived in Salisbury for many years and we would like to hear from anyone who has any relevant information that may assist us in our enquiries or anyone who believes they may have been a victim.

We are working closely with the NSPCC to ensure that any victims are appropriately supported. They provide trained helpline counsellors to listen and provide assistance.