Calls Made To Ted Heath Child Sex Abuse Line

Calls Made To Ted Heath Child Sex Abuse Line

Sky News — August 4, 2015
http://news.sky.com/story/1530217/calls-made-to-ted-heath-child-sex-abuse-line

A number of calls have been made to police appealing for potential victims of child sex abuse by Sir Edward Heath to come forward.

Officers investigating allegations made against the late Conservative Prime Minister have set up an inquiry line and said they wanted to “identify if there are any witnesses or victims” to “support allegations”.

It comes as details of further claims against Sir Edward started to emerge with claims he had been spotted at a property in north London where children were abused and allegations he was involved in the abuse of children at Jersey care homes.

Jersey Police confirmed the politician featured in its investigation into historic child sex abuse on the island, which the force says, includes allegations against 13 “people of public prominence”.

Allegations against Sir Edward were first disclosed yesterday when it emerged Wiltshire Police were being investigated for failing to properly handle an apparent allegation made against the politician in the 1990s.

A 65-year-old man has claimed he was raped by the then MP for Bexley at a Mayfair flat in 1961.

The man says he was picked up by Sir Edward on the A2 in north Kent as he hitched a lift and was taken back to the Park Lane apartment and raped.

However, he said, he was branded a “liar and a fantasist” when he initially reported the alleged assault.

Campaigning Labour MP Tom Watson confirmed he had heard allegations against Sir Edward and passed them to police.

He said: “I received information in 2012 concerning allegations of child abuse carried out by Edward Heath and a separate claim concerning Heath was made to me subsequently.

“I passed them both to the police, who have confirmed to me that at least one of those allegations is being investigated and taken seriously.”

Another Labour MP, Simon Danczuk, told Sky News he had spoken to a former Metropolitan Police detective who had told him he had seen Sir Edward going into a north London flat where boys were being abused.

Mr Watson has called for a central child sex abuse investigation unit for the country to be set up to speed up investigations.

A US Newsweek reporter Leah McGrath Goodman disclosed on Monday night she was removed from the UK for investigating child sex abuse claims against Sir Edward on Jersey in 2011.

She told LBC Radio: “Ted Heath was one of the more prominent allegations. He enjoyed using his yacht, and would come to the island frequently.

“He would take children from care homes for a ride on the yacht and it was reported that some never came back.”

She claimed he had been to a home “frequented” by Jimmy Savile. The late TV presenter has been accused of abusing children at the Haut de la Garenne children’s home, which was the centre of the biggest investigation into historic child sex abuse on the island.

Ms Goodman said: “I know the police received reports. I have looked into the records from the home. The children were loaned out. Sometimes they would come back – sometimes they would not.”

Sir Edward, who was PM for four years in the 1970s, is the highest-profile figure to be named in historical abuse allegations against prominent figures.

The independent inquiry into claims public bodies failed to act or attempted to cover up claims against senior politicians has been told by David Cameron there are no limits to their investigations and officers should “go as high as they like”.

Lord Armstrong of Ilminster, Sir Edward’s former principle private secretary, told Sky News all the allegations were “absolute nonsense.”

The Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation said: “We welcome the investigation by Wiltshire Police, which we wholeheartedly believe will clear Sir Edward’s name and we will co-operate fully with the police in their inquiries.”

Sir Edward, who led the Conservative government between 1970 and 1974, never married and kept his private life under wraps.

He died at his home in Salisbury aged 89 in July 2005.

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