Sir Edward Heath named as a suspected paedophile by police

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Former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath would have been questioned over child abuse allegations, a police report is expected to conclude.

Paul Mills, the police commander for the investigation, dubbed Operation Conifer, said Sir Edward would have been interviewed "to obtain his account in relation to the allegations made against him".

"In July 2017, IICSA issued a notice to Wiltshire Police under Section 21 of the Inquiries Act 2005 requesting a copy of the "Senior Investigating Officer Investigation Closure Report" and a copy of the "Operation Conifer Summary Closure Report".

The Wiltshire police chief constable, Mike Veale, said of the inquiry: "This watershed moment regarding investigations of people connected to the establishment should not be underestimated".

Sir Edward Heath served as prime minister between 1970 and 1974 and he was the leader of the Conservative Party between 1966 and 1975.

"None of the victim disclosures in this category relate to the time when he was the serving Prime Minister".

"This could be in the form of an independent review by a retired judge, with unrestricted access to all the evidence collected by the Wiltshire Police".

One of the people was cautioned by officers while another is now being investigated.

In a joint statement, Robert Armstrong, Heath's former Cabinet secretary, and David Hunt, chairman of the Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation, said there should be a judge-led review of the evidence.

Instead the aim of the investigation was to "seek to establish the facts concerning allegations of child abuse made against Sir Edward Heath through an objective and proportionate investigation", as well as identifying whether any living people may have committed offenses, or whether any children or vulnerable adults were today at risk of abuse.

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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.

Wiltshire chief constable Mike Veale said in a press conference on Thursday: "We have gone where the evidence has taken us whether it supported or negated the allegations".

She branded the inquiry "a disgrace" and said one of Heath's key accusers had made "pernicious" claims of satanic ritual abuse and said she was "profoundly disturbed" by uncorroborated witnesses. This, again, was said to have been during a paid encounter.

Claim: Heath, in the company of an unknown adult male, allegedly indecently assaulted a 10-year-old boy during a chance encounter in a public place.

'I believe this was the right moral, ethical and professional thing to do, but I appreciate that every case needs to be judged on its own merits.

Garnier said that police forces were embarking upon unnecessary inquiries into high profile abuse as they struggle to recover their reputations following the failure to prosecute the former BBC personality Jimmy Savile.

AN INDEPENDENT scrutiny panel has today "commended" Wiltshire Police for their involvement in Operation Conifer.

The Bishop of Salisbury, the Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, this week defended Sir Edward.

The report resembles the Carlile Report into allegations of sexual abuse against Bishop George Bell, who was Bishop of Chichester for 29 years.

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