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Sir Edward Heath – child sex abuse allegations

Sir Edward Heath is under investigation following allegations of child sex abuse – the investigation is set to involve at least eight police forces. Reports emerged recently that Heath is being investigated as part of ‘Operation Midland’, a Scotland Yard inquiry into an alleged paedophile ring that operated in the 1970s and 1980s.

Heath was the Conservative Prime Minister for four years from 1970 to 1974. He passed away in 2005. Supporters and friends of the former PM have denied allegations of wrong-doing.

Sir Edward Heath – criminal investigation

A 65-year-old man has claimed that whilst hitch-hiking aged 12, he was picked up and raped by Heath. He only recognised his attacker after seeing a photo of Heath in a newspaper.

Police are now considering a limited inquiry – this may provide much faster validation for victims, who could then apply for criminal injuries compensation. On the other hand, a full scale inquiry could help to expose a cover-up, and could determine whether Heath acted alone. The scale of the inquiry is now under consideration. A decision is expected in August 2015.

Further inquiries by separate agencies will look into other issues surrounding the case. This includes an investigation from the Independent Police Complaints Commission into an alleged cover-up by the Wiltshire police force.

Sir Hugh Orde, President of the Association of Chief Police Officers, has expressed his concerns regarding the inquiry:

“It can’t deliver justice, he can’t be prosecuted.
Does this help the victims, the answer is no.”

He went on to state that a full criminal inquiry into Heath would be a waste of money and that it would do nothing for the victims. Following the Jimmy Savile sexual abuse scandal in 2012, there has been a 164% rise in claims of historical abuse.

Sexual abuse claims – expert advice

Hampson Hughes Solicitors specialises in directing sexual abuse claims in a considerate and compassionate manner. Our Abuse & Criminal Injuries Department is headed by Greg Neill – Greg is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL).

For an open and friendly conversation about your situation, and to find out how we can assist you relevant to your individual experience, call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hh-law.co.uk

You will be given the direct-dial of your case handler, meaning that you will always be able to reach the person you need.

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