The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has announced an investigation into suspicions of a cover up concerning child sex abuse and former Prime Minister Edward Heath.
A brothel keeper, believed to have been arrested in the 1990s for running a secret sex den, said she would stand up in court and reveal details of the Tory politician’s perverted sex life if she was charged with any offence. As she was due to stand trial senior officers at Wiltshire Police are believed to have intervened and the case against her was dropped.
A police investigation into a peadophile ring linked to Heath was also shut down. Heath had been spotted at a north London house where paedophiles were allegedly abusing children. A retired officer who was working on the case said that the investigation was halted once Heath became involved.
The Mirror Reports:
The astonishing revelations emerged after a retired senior detective came forward in June 2014 to claim the allegations against Heath were never investigated to protect the ex-PM.
Heath is the most high profile political figure to be linked to child sex abuse allegations that have swept across Westminster.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has announced a probe into suspicions of a wide ranging cover up.
Police have also appealed for victims, retired officers and even child abusers who may have any new information to come forward.
Labour MP Simon Danczuk, who helped unearth the abuse scandal involving former Liberal MP Cyril Smith, said: “I am not surprised that this investigation is taking place.
“There have been rumours and allegations out there for some time, and I don’t say that lightly.
“It’s now important we establish if there’s any substance to these allegations.
“There can be no cover up just because someone held high office.”
The Mirror can also reveal a second police investigation into a child sex ring linked to Heath was allegedly shut down in the 1970s.
It has been claimed that the Tory ex-leader was spotted at a house in north London where paedophiles were allegedly abusing children.
A former detective who worked on the case says that the whole investigation was halted after Heath became involved.
It is believed the retired officer is also set to reveal his concerns to the IPCC.
Labour MP Tom Watson claimed he received information relating to further allegations of child abuse involving Heath in 2012.
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.”
It comes after a 64-year-old man, who worked as a rent boy and was himself later convicted of child sex crimes, claims Heath picked him up in a Jaguar car on the A2 road near Welling, Kent, before taking him to a Park Lane apartment and sexually assaulting him.
Heath, a lifelong bachelor who never married, was Prime Minister from 1970-1974 and died in 2005.
He was plagued by constant accusations and innuendo about his sexual orientation due to his single lifestyle and terse relationships with women.
Wiltshire Police have made an appeal for further potential victims and even paedophiles to come forward if they have evidence against Heath.
It is understood police are seeking information about the alleged cover up from officers in the force and may even interview retired detectives.
Police security teams who protected Heath during and after his political career are also likely to be questioned.
A spokesman for the force said: “Sir Edward Heath has been named in relation to offences concerning children.
“He lived in Salisbury for many years and we would like to hear from anyone who has any relevant information that may assist us in our enquiries or anyone who believes they may have been a victim.
“If there is evidence of offences having been committed we will ensure that , if possible, those responsible are held to account through a thorough and detailed investigation.
“This includes any other parties who are identified as having been involved in child sex abuse.”
The emergence of a full scale investigation into Heath’s background and potential secret double life is sending shock waves throughout the political class in the wake of the ongoing Child Abuse Inquiry, following allegations of a paedophile network operating throughout Westminster.
Sources close to the inquiry suggest authorities were long concerned that Heath had a “penchant for young boys”, although no evidence has until now been presented publicly.
Rumours also circulated how vile disgraced paedophile Jimmy Savile would also procure boys for Heath who would take them on his yacht Morning Cloud.
Heath, an intensely private man, always kept his counsel and never commented on such matters.
One piece of evidence sure to be investigated by the IPCC probe, however, is an admission by Tim Fortescue, a senior whip in Heath’s government between 1970 and 1973, who boasted he could cover up a “scandal involving small boys”.
The astonishing confession concerning members of Parliament was made in a 1995 BBC documentary titled Westminster’s Secret Service.
Mr Fortescue said: “For anyone with any sense, who was in trouble, would come to the whips and tell them the truth, and say ‘now, I’m in a jam, can you help?’
“It might be debt, it might be a scandal involving small boys, or any kind of scandal in which, a member seemed likely to be mixed up in, they’d come and ask if we could help and if we could, we did.”
Mr Fortescue was an MP from 1966 until he resigned in 1973. He died in September 2008.
The tide of allegations now pursuing Heath in death are certain to destroy his legacy and further ignite the rumours that followed him in life.
Chief Executive of the NSPCC, Peter Wanless said: “It’s important that people who believe they have been victims of abuse have the confidence to speak out knowing that their voices will be listened to.