Published: Пт, Октября 06, 2017
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Sir Edward Heath named as a suspected paedophile by police

Sir Edward Heath named as a suspected paedophile by police

The report found that of 42 allegations of abuse made against Sir Edward, seven would have warranted officers to interview him under caution had he been alive today.

The report found that these seven claims were sufficiently credible to justify interviewing the former Conservative Prime Minister under caution - if he were alive.

The force released a summary reporting into its Operation Conifer investigation, which was launched in 2015, in response to claims from multiple men who were children at the time of the alleged abuse. "Everything that is known of his character, his habits, his intelligence and his principles supports this view", said the statement, attributed to the foundation's chair Lord Hunt, and Lord Armstrong of Ilminster, who served as a Cabinet Secretary to Heath.

Between 1990 and 1992: Heath also allegedly indecently assaulted a boy aged between 12 and 14 between 1990 and 1992 in a garden in Wiltshire, though the report warns tehre is undermining evidence for this offence that they would have nevertheless liked to have questioned him on.

Heath died at his home in Salisbury in July 2005 aged 89, which means the claims against him can not be heard at trial and prosecutors can not say whether or not they would have brought charges.

That is the conclusion of Operation Conifer, an inquiry by Wiltshire Police, whose results were announced this morning.

Mr Veale, who has faced considerable criticism over the course of the investigation, said the allegations were of the "utmost seriousness" and stemmed from a significant number of people.

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"It is important to state that the role of the police in a criminal investigation is not to reach a conclusion as to the likely guilt or innocence of a person who is subject to allegations". The allegations of rape and indecent assault involve five boys under the age of consent, ranging from 10-years-old to 15, and two adult males.

'I hope people will understand that, given these circumstances, it would be an indefensible dereliction of my public duty as a chief constable not to have investigated such serious allegations against a former prime minister, even though he is deceased.

At a public event in Jersey in 1976 he is alleged to have indecently assaulted an adult man. In total the alleged incidents span 31 years, from 1956 to 1992.

The report goes on to emphasise that "no inference of guilt should be drawn by the decision to interview under caution".

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

The report resembles the Carlile Report into allegations of sexual abuse against Bishop George Bell, who was Bishop of Chichester for 29 years. Sir Edward Heath's reputation should not be left in limbo. "I don't believe any of the allegations", he said. There is, for example, a discrepancy over whether Sir Edward ever drove himself, denied by friends but affirmed in the police report.

The investigation opened when a brothel owner suggested she had information concerning Heath and the abuse of children, however, whether she made the statement or not was put into review.

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