Global

The main allegations against Ted Heath

The main allegations against Ted Heath

SIR Edward Heath would have been question over historic sex allegations if he were still alive, Wiltshire Police said today.

Chief Constable Mike Veale of Wiltshire Police said the seriousness of the allegations made it imperative for police to investigate.

In its report the IPPC found no evidence to support the allegation that the case was dropped because the suspect had threatened to make allegations against Heath.

Was Sir Edward Heath a paedophile or was he not?

The most credible allegations, according to the report from Wiltshire Police's Operation Conifer set up in August 2015, include claims he raped a boy aged 11, and indecently assaulted boys aged 10 and 15.

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. He was one of the people who was around in our lives.

Some have criticised the inquiry, with The Telegraph claiming that at least one of those who made the allegations against Heath is also dead, and so their claim was "effectively made from beyond the grave".

A former solicitor-general accused Wiltshire police of turning the inquiry into a "game show" following the publication of a report on Thursday. All the incidents are alleged to have happened when Heath was an MP.

"During a period of two years, Operation Conifer received 42 disclosures relating to 40 separate individuals", said a force spokesman. "The allegations made to and the evidence collected by the police should be independently reviewed and an independent conclusion arrived at".

Former Prime Minister Edward Heath (right) and Jimmy Savile rehearse for an episode of Jim'll Fix It at the BBC Shepherd's Bush Theatre.

He conceded that due to the passage of time many investigative opportunities were not available, as memories had deteriorated and potentially relevant documents lost.

In it, he said the decision to undertake the "incredibly complex and challenging investigation" was "not taken lightly", but added he would not be "buckling under pressure not to investigate or to conclude the investigation prematurely".

He died in 2005.

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.

"In the meantime, a fundamental, time-honoured principle should be respected, namely that a man is innocent until he is proven guilty".

"It is no surprise at all that Wiltshire police should have concluded that they would have interviewed Sir Edward had he been alive".

"My suspicion is that we will learn nothing from the report except innuendo and that really takes nobody any further forward, except it leaves a dark stain over a man who can't defend himself", he said earlier this week.

The police reports, however, will be considered by the UK's Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.


  • Dallas Cowboys vs Los Angeles Rams

    Dallas Cowboys vs Los Angeles Rams

    Jared Goff on executing on crucial fourth quarter drives against Dallas:"You try not to make them any bigger than they are". After an extremely lackluster first half, the Cowboys were able to pull away from the Cardinals and seal a 28-17 victory.
    Injured Bale Out Of Wales World Cup Qualifiers

    Injured Bale Out Of Wales World Cup Qualifiers

    At present, they are behind Serbia by four points and have just a one-point lead over Republic of Ireland . Only the group winners are guaranteed a place at the World Cup in Russian Federation next year.
    LaVar Ball just pulled LaMelo Ball out of high school

    LaVar Ball just pulled LaMelo Ball out of high school

    While even LaVar doesn't have the juice to force UCLA to cycle through coaches, he can make life hard for Alford if he chooses. It seems like anybody whose training over here that coach don't want him in the team.
  • WWE SmackDown 5 Takeaways From Oct. 3 Show

    WWE SmackDown 5 Takeaways From Oct. 3 Show

    Aiden English: A dominant win for Orton with another cool "RKO out of nowhere" complete with great smirk from Orton afterward. That absurdity aside, it was a solid go-home segment that certainly amped up anticipation for the main event of the PPV.
    Real Madrid's Gareth Bale ruled out of Wales' World Cup qualifiers

    Real Madrid's Gareth Bale ruled out of Wales' World Cup qualifiers

    In order to secure a play-off place, Wales would realistically need at least four points from the final two group games. Liverpool teenager Woodburn was named young player of the year after his dramatic World Cup introduction last month.
    Facebook's data-saving Messenger Lite is available in the US

    Facebook's data-saving Messenger Lite is available in the US

    Now, the choice is yours, either you can prefer the sticks-to-the basics Lite designs or go back to the regular Messenger app. Lite version is developed for mobile data-constrained countries and entry-level Android smartphones.
  • Lausanne University professor wins Nobel Prize for chemistry

    Lausanne University professor wins Nobel Prize for chemistry

    Tomorrow will see the announcement of the Nobel Prize for Literature and the Peace Prize announced on Friday. In the late 1970s and 1980s, Frank developed mathematical models to sharpen images from such microscopes.
    Halo Mixed Reality Experience Coming Later This Month

    Halo Mixed Reality Experience Coming Later This Month

    AltspaceVR is an immersive communications virtual reality company that allows organizations to bring people together via VR. Halo Recruit will not be a full-fledged Halo experience, but more of an introduction to the series.
    Facebook Messenger Lite For Android Now Available In The US And More

    Facebook Messenger Lite For Android Now Available In The US And More

    Now, the new turnout could help Facebook to bring teens back to both traditional and Lite Messenger . The app is ideal for use on an older handset, or if you have limited bandwidth on your data plan.
  • Mom gets jail over refusal to vaccinate son

    Mom gets jail over refusal to vaccinate son

    Rebecca Bredow has been sentenced to seven days in jail after she refused a judge's order to have her son vaccinated . And the record, I urge you to review it and what you just said, that he has a newfound objection is not true.
    Russian Federation  investigation: The 'collusion issue is still open', says Senate intelligence chairman

    Russian Federation investigation: The 'collusion issue is still open', says Senate intelligence chairman

    Warner said the aim was to "sow chaos and drive division in our country". Twitter will also appear in front of the committees on Thursday.
    Three & Out: Takeaways from Rams' 35-30 Victory Over Cowboys

    Three & Out: Takeaways from Rams' 35-30 Victory Over Cowboys

    Through the first two quarters of play, Prescott had completed 11-of-15 passes for 155 yards and a 145.8 passer rating. He Said It: "It's only the beginning". "We've been here a year ago at 3-1 and then we only won one game after that".