A Wiltshire Police investigation, called Operation Conifer, concluded that seven of the claims would have been sufficiently credible to justify questioning Sir Edward, who was prime minister between 1970 and 1974, under caution.
One of the most striking claims that would have been investigated is that Heath raped an 11-year-old boy in 1961 when he was a senior Tory MP and held the post of Lord Privy Seal in the MacMillan government.
The report does not address the question of Sir Edward’s guilt or innocence, because the remit of the two-year, £1.5 million inquiry was to see whether there was enough evidence to interview the former MP for Bexley, who died at home in Salisbury in July 2005, aged 89.
The original allegation concerned the manager of a brothel in the Salisbury area allegedly supplying young boys to Heath.
Investigators carried out a number of sensitive enquiries with adults who, as young vulnerable teenagers, had been ‘employed’ as sex workers by the manager of the brothel. This strand of investigation identified one victim who disclosed sexual abuse by Sir Edward Heath.
None of the allegations about which Wiltshire Police would have questioned Sir Edward relate to when he was prime minister, the force said.
The Crown Prosecution Service has a policy of not making a charging decision on a suspect who is dead because they cannot be prosecuted.
The allegations Sir Edward would have been questioned over include:
rape of a boy aged 11
indecent assault of a 10-year-old boy
the indecent assault of a 15-year-old boy during three “paid sexual encounters”
During the course of the investigation six victims also made disclosures that included allegations that Sir Edward Heath was involved in satanic or ritual abuse.
Following investigation, no further corroborative evidence was found to support the disclosures that Sir Edward Heath was involved in ritual abuse.
The abuses are said to have occurred between 1961 and 1992 in the Met Police, Kent, Sussex, the Channel Islands and Wiltshire force areas.
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