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Edward Heath 'would have been investigated' into allegations of abuse, investigation reveals

Former prime minister Sir Edward Heath would have been interviewed over allegations of sex abuse if he had survived, an investigation has revealed.

Wiltshire Police set up the investigation two years ago, after several allegations of child sex abuse into the Broadstairs-born former minister.

In total, more than 40 allegations were made against the MP, who was born in Albion Road in 1916.

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Sir Edward Heath in Dartford in 1993
Sir Edward Heath in Dartford in 1993

He went to Chatham House grammar school in Ramsgate, and was a member of the Broadstairs Sailing Club for decades until his death.

The allegations include one of rape of a male under 16, three of indecent assault on a male under 16, four of indecent assault on a male under 14, and two of indecent assault on a male over 16.

But police stressed no inference should be drawn as to whether he was guilty.

The allegations include one of rape of a male under 16, three of indecent assault on a male under 16, four of indecent assault on a male under 14, and two of indecent assault on a male over 16.

One of the blue plaques in Broadstairs dedicated to Sir Edward Heath
One of the blue plaques in Broadstairs dedicated to Sir Edward Heath

The report, following a £1.5m investigation, concluded there was no evidence to support an interview over 19 of the claims.

And in three of the cases, alleged victims were mistaken in pinpointing Sir Edward as the perpetrator.

The veteran politician was Tory leader and prime minister in the seventies, and died in 2005, aged 89.


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