Sir Edward Heath now being investigated by FIVE police forces
PUBLISHED: 10:42 05 August 2015 | UPDATED: 10:42 05 August 2015
Allegations have been made about incidents in Kent and London
Five police forces are now investigating whether the late Sir Edward Heath was involved in child abuse - and Kent Police are investigating allegations of an assault in the county.
However, the Met Police have said they were unable to follow up an allegation made against Sir Edward in April, involving the rape of a 12-year-old boy.
“An officer interviewed the complainant and obtained a full account. Support services were offered. However, there were no lines of inquiry that could proportionately be pursued by the Met,” a spokesman said.
However, Kent Police were contacted yesterday by a woman who said she had been sexually assaulted in east Kent in the 1960s, adding: “the victim has named Sir Edward Heath in connection with the allegation.”
A spokesman added: “Detectives are making initial enquiries, and will obtain a full account from the victim.”
The former prime minister and north Kent MP is now being investigated by the Met, Kent, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Jersey Police.
The Met is believed to be investigating him as part of its inquiry into allegations of historical abuse by establishment figures.
Kent Police have also notified Operation Hydrant - which coordinates historical child sexual abuse investigations around the country - of the allegation.
Yesterday, it was revealed that the Independent Police Complaints Commission was investigating whether allegations of child abuse concerning Sir Edward were covered up in the 1990s, as has been claimed by a retired detective.
It is also investigating whether a criminal case was dropped when a person involved made claims about Sir Edward.
According to the BBC, Wiltshire Police dropped the case against a brothel madam after she said Sir Edward was a client and was involved in child sexual abuse.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police.
Sir Edward, who was born in Broadstairs, was Prime Minister from 1970 to 1974 and represented the constituencies of Bexley, Sidcup and Old Bexley and Sidcup between 1950 and 2001.
He died at his home in Salisbury in 2005.
An IPCC spokesman said yesterday: “It is alleged that a criminal prosecution was not pursued when a person threatened to expose that Sir Edward 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.”
Wiltshire Police said: “Sir Edward lived in Salisbury for many years and we would like to hear from anyone who has any information that may help our inquiries, or anyone who was a victim.”
The force has already received a number of calls, as has children’s charity the NSPCC.
Labour MP Tom Watson said he had referred two allegations of child sexual abuse by Sir Edward to the police since 2012.
Jersey Police’s inquiry into allegations of historical abuse - Operation Whistle - includes 45 suspects, including 13 prominent figures.
The Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation, which runs the museum at Arundells, his former home in Salisbury, said it welcomed the investigation.
“We wholeheartedly believe it will clear Sir Edward’s name and we will co-operate fully with the police in their inquiries,” a spokesman said.