British Police Probes Abuse Claims Against Former PM

British Police Probes Abuse Claims Against Former PMBritish Police Probes Abuse Claims Against Former PM

Five police forces are investigating claims of historical child sexual abuse involving former British prime minister, Sir Edward Heath, who died in 2005, at the age of 89, at his home in Salisbury.

The Met, Wiltshire, Kent, Jersey and Hampshire forces are conducting separate inquiries into the late MP. A retired detective has alleged claims were made in the 1990s but not followed up, BBC reported.

Kent Police said it had received a report on Tuesday of a sexual assault having been committed in east Kent in the 1960s.

“The victim has named Sir Edward Heath in connection with the allegation. Detectives are making initial enquiries and will obtain a full account from the victim,” it said in a statement.

The new claims follow a flurry of previous allegations of child abuse against at least 24 former and current senior politicians, which have circulated on social media.

At least three serving MPs are facing claims from political colleagues that they may have been involved in abuse. None is the subject of an official police investigation although their names have been passed on to the police.

Last month, documents revealed that the security services had warned the Thatcher government in the 1980s that allegations against an MP risked causing it political embarrassment.

The files showed that former MI5 director general, Sir Antony Duff, wrote to the then Cabinet secretary Sir Robert Armstrong in 1986 over claims made by two sources about the MP.