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Wednesday, August 5th

Former British PM Edward Heath investigated over child sex claims amid claims of cover-up “The British police watchdog is investigating claims of an old cover-up over allegations that former prime minister Edward Heath abused children. London's Mirror newspaper spoke to one alleged victim, now 64, who said he was assaulted at age 12 in an exclusive Mayfair flat in 1961 when Sir Edward was an MP. And the Guardian reported that detectives have spoken to a middle-aged man who says he was abused as a child by Heath several times. Sir Edward died in 2005, aged 89. He was prime minister in the early 1970s and lost the leadership of the Conservative party to Margaret Thatcher in 1975. Wiltshire Police were said to have heard allegations about Sir Ted Heath in the 1990s, but they were not followed up … An alleged victim told the Mirror that he had run away from home in the 1960s, was picked up by Sir Edward while hitch-hiking, driven to his ‘very posh’ home, given a cup of tea and a sandwich and a bed for the night. He says that night the MP sexually abused him. He said he reported the attack two months later but was ‘fobbed off’ by social workers. Four years later he recognised his attacker's photo in a newspaper and told his mother of the attack. But he says he was branded a ‘liar and a fantasist’.”

The Sydney Morning Herald