British Prime Minister Heath, more child abuse accusations

This video from Britain says about itself:

Edward Heath abuse claims: the investigations

4 August 2015

Three police forces are now investigating historic child sex abuse claims against former Conservative Prime Minister Edward Heath.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Four forces and IPCC now looking at Heath abuse allegations

Wednesday 5th August 2015

FOUR police forces and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) are now investigating allegations that Tory prime minister Edward Heath abused children.

The Star reported yesterday that Heath was at the heart of an IPCC corruption probe into Wiltshire Police, which allegedly dropped the trial of a person arrested on an unrelated charge in the 1990s after they threatened to expose the then-backbench MP who died in 2005.

The probe is being backed up by Wiltshire Police’s own investigation — and now the States of Jersey Police’s Operation Whistle, Kent Police and the Metropolitan Police are also reportedly involved.

Sir Edward Heath does feature as part of Operation Whistle, currently investigating historical allegations of abuse in Jersey,” a spokeswoman for the island’s force confirmed.

Wiltshire Police said that it and children’s charity NSPCC had received “a number of calls” after appealing on Monday for victims and witnesses to come forward.

One man has claimed that the former PM raped him in 1961 when he was just 12 years old, but that when he spoke up about the Conservative MP’s assault he was branded “a liar and a fantasist.”

Whistle was started following revelations about serious abuse at a Jersey care home and now notorious paedophile Jimmy Savile. Detectives on the island said in June that they were looking at 45 suspects, 13 of whom were “of public prominence.”

She said that Jersey officers were working with Operation Hydrant, a Britain-wide scheme that co-ordinates sex abuse probes.

The sprawling web of investigations is yet another indication of a potential cover-up of sex attacks on children by Establishment figures.

The cascade of revelations followed the IPCC’s announcement of its corruption probe into Wiltshire Police.

The force reportedly shelved the trial of a woman who was in charge of a brothel after she threatened to expose Mr Heath.

The Met refused to confirm whether it was looking into Mr Heath. Kent police has confirmed it is investigating a report of a sexual assault committed in East Kent in the 1960s, linked to Mr Heath by the alleged victim.

See also here.

Jersey: Among those who regularly visited the Haut de la Garenne home was the now-disgraced entertainer Jimmy Savile. “Jimmy Savile often stayed in the same hotel as Ted Heath,” McGrath Goodman told the dpa news agency, adding that both men were alleged to have taken children from Haut de la Garenne: here.

Gloucestershire Police has said it has received an allegation involving the sexual abuse of a child against the former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath. It becomes the sixth police force looking into claims against the former Tory leader, after The Met, Wiltshire, Kent, Jersey and Hampshire services: here.

Claims police covered up historical child sex abuse by MPs and officers investigated: here.

Sir Edward Heath WAS a paedophile, says police chief: Astonishing claim is made that the former PM is guilty of vile crimes ‘covered up by the Establishment’: here.

14 thoughts on “British Prime Minister Heath, more child abuse accusations

  1. children are more vulnerable to such incidents and our laws are such that they are asked to narrate many times the incidents and they re-live the same untoward situation number of times . to make it more effective psychologists should be the very first and the last person to ask the child after parents they should not face the police


  2. Friday 7th august 2015

    Paddy McGuffin in Britain

    Government ‘suppressed’ collapsed Kids Co’s Batmanghelidjh over senior figures’ attacks

    THE founder of collapsed charity Kids Company accused the government yesterday of trying to silence her because she knew about sexual abuse allegations against senior figures.

    Camila Batman­ghelidjh also lashed out at ministers, civil servants and the media, claiming the organisation had been the victim of a “trial by media.”

    An estimated 36,000 vulnerable children and young people received support from Kids Company but it was forced to wind up its operations on Wednesday amid suggestions of financial mismanagement and allegations of unreported abuse of young people receiving care from the organisation.

    The government has convened an emergency meeting to draw up plans to support the affected young people.

    But Ms Batmanghelidjh said that the government was to blame for her resignation as head of Kids Company in July.

    “I’m being suppressed because I know about sexual abuse claims against senior people,” she told BBC Radio 5 Live.

    As of yesterday, at least seven police forces had confirmed that they were investigating numerous allegations of sexual abuse made against former Tory prime minister Edward Heath.

    It is not the first time that allegations have been made of attempted cover-ups relating to abuse by senior Westminster figures, including former home secretary Leon Brittan.

    Last month documents emerged suggesting that an investigation into allegations made against a number of senior Tories had been dropped by inland spy agency MI5 after discussions with the Thatcher cabinet.

    Meanwhile, Labour leadership front runner Jeremy Corbyn asked about the investigation into Mr Heath and other police probes during a debate.

    “There has to be a standing commission to investigate this, the trauma that victims of childhood sexual abuse go through and carry it with them for the rest of their lives,” he said.

    “If there were cover-ups because the alleged perpetrator was a very prominent person at that time, the law should apply to everyone, whoever they are, absolutely equally.”

    Adding caution, however, he said: “We should be very careful that just calling someone an abuser is not the same thing as proven evidence, the proven evidence has to be before any final decision is made.”

    The independent inquiry into child sex abuse led by Justice Lowell Goddard has said it will consider allegations against Mr Heath “should the facts justify it.”

    Mr Corbyn said that the commission was doing important work but warned that it should have powers to conduct investigations in the Channel Islands and other territories outside Britain.

    “It could turn into a permanent commission,” he suggested.

    Calls were repeated for the inquiry to investigate abuse at Kincora Boys’ Home in east Belfast, which it is claimed involved senior members of the British Establishment.


  3. Saturday 8th August 2015

    posted by Paddy McGuffin in Britain

    Dementia not accepted as reason to stay away

    FORMER Labour peer Lord Janner was ordered to appear in court in person yesterday on child sex charges.

    Lord Janner, who suffers from severe dementia, did not attend Westminster magistrates’ court for an initial hearing, with his lawyers saying he was too ill to come and may suffer a “catastrophic reaction” if he did.

    But chief magistrate Howard Riddle ruled that Mr Janner, who faces 22 charges spanning a period from the 1960s to the ’80s, did not have to understand or play a part in the initial hearing but was required by law to attend court.

    Mr Riddle heard evidence from two medical experts for the defence who said the former peer’s health was too bad from him to appear.

    However, the magistrate said that, while there was “absolutely no doubt” that the accused suffered from severe dementia, the section 51 hearing “does require the defendant’s presence.”

    Mr Riddle added that he understood the evidence from the experts that distress was likely to be caused, but he added: “I further understand, and this is very significant, it is likely to have no long-term effect on him.”

    It is understood that the proceedings will take the form of a “trial of the facts,” in which a jury hears the evidence against an individual considered too ill for a full trial.

    A judge will have to decide if Lord Janner is fit to plead. If he is found not to be, a jury will be asked to decide whether he committed the acts he is charged with.

    Lord Janner was suspended from the Labour Party in April. He was a Labour MP until 1997, but was elevated to the Lords that year by the Blair government.

    The Crown Prosecution Service initially decided that, although there was enough evidence to prosecute him, to do so would not be in the public interest due to the degenerative nature of his illness.

    However, that decision was overturned last week following considerable public anger.

    Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders also admitted that previous decisions not to prosecute the peer on the same charges, despite police saying that they had credible evidence, had been wrong.

    Lord Janner’s family strenuously deny the allegations against him.


  4. Friday 4th September 2015

    As the report on paedophile MPs is mysteriously delayed until after the 2020 election, STEVEN WALKER says it won’t be the victims who benefit

    JUSTICE Lowell Goddard, the New Zealand lawyer appointed to head the inquiry into historic child sexual abuse, has been pressed by the Establishment to extend and delay the completion of her work.

    After her appointment in February 2015 she said that the inquiry would report in 2018. Now in a little-noticed announcement she has moved the deadline beyond the date of the next general election, in 2020. This will allow politicians linked to the Westminster paedophile scandal to escape scrutiny before the public has a chance to vote. Survivors will not receive the justice they deserve and another Establishment cover-up will have been skillfully executed.

    The inquiry has been mired in controversy from the start, with Home Secretary Theresa May criticised for presiding over a shambles and helping to engineer a cover-up of the way the Establishment protected paedophile MPs and peers from criminal prosecution in the past.

    The first person appointed to lead the inquiry was Baroness Butler-Sloss, who stood down in July 2014 amid questions over the role played by her late brother, Lord Havers.

    Havers was the attorney general under the Thatcher government, when many allegations of child sexual abuse were made. In 1981 Havers was accused by campaigning MP Geoffrey Dickens of a cover-up when he refused to prosecute Sir Peter Hayman, a diplomat, former MI6 deputy director and member of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), a lobbying organisation for child abusers.

    Her replacement, Dame Fiona Woolf, was forced to resign in October 2014 due to her Establishment links in relation to former home secretary Leon Brittan, who failed to act on prima facie evidence of a Westminster paedophile ring identified in a document that has since gone missing from Home Office archives.

    Operation Fairbank was established in 2012 by the Metropolitan Police to investigate claims that MPs had visited the Elm Guest House in south-west London during the late 1970s, where vulnerable young children had been lured, plied with alcohol and drugs and then sexually abused. Prominent people who attended paedophile parties at there are reported to have included MP Cyril Smith and the Soviet spy Anthony Blunt. Other visitors included Hayman, a Sinn Fein politician, a Labour MP and several Conservative politicians such as Rhodes Boyson, Thatcher’s private secretary Peter Morrison and Keith Joseph.

    A full criminal investigation, Operation Fernbridge, was launched in February 2013 as a result of evidence arising from Operation Fairbank.

    The allegations of an Establishment paedophile ring involving MPs, civil servants and MI5 are currently part of a complex ongoing multi-agency investigation. This is running separately to the Goddard inquiry and could compromise witnesses called to testify to both.

    The inquiry itself is being conducted under the Inquiries Act 2005, designed to provide a framework under which future inquiries, set up by ministers into events that have caused or have potential to cause public concern, can operate effectively in reasonable time and at a reasonable cost.

    MPs on the joint committee on human rights have voiced concerns, as has the Law Society of England and Wales, due to the influence of the executive over the judiciary permitted within the Act. Amnesty International has asked members of the British judiciary not to serve on any inquiry held under the Act, as they contend that “any inquiry would be controlled by the executive, which is empowered to block public scrutiny of state actions.” Canadian Judge Peter Cory is on record as stating that the Act would make any meaningful inquiry impossible because the Home Secretary retains the right to thwart such an inquiry at every step. “In fact, I cannot contemplate any self-respecting Canadian judge accepting an appointment to an inquiry constituted under the new proposed Act,” he said.

    While the 2005 Act was being discussed in the House of Commons, United States Republican Representative Chris Smith said: “The Bill should be named the Public Inquiries Cover-up Bill.”

    The Act eventually repealed the Tribunals of Inquiry (Evidence) Act 1921, which had allowed Parliament to vote on a resolution establishing a tribunal that had “all such powers, rights, and privileges as are vested in the High Court” and instead placed the power solely under the control of a minister.

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation of 14 separate referrals of alleged corruption in the Metropolitan Police relating to child sex offences from the 1970s to the 2000s has similarly been compromised. Theresa May told the House of Commons that police officers would not be protected from prosecution under the Official Secrets Act in the course of giving evidence to the IPCC, thus effectively silencing any damning testimony.

    Similarly, in 2014 the Wanless Report examined how the Home Office dealt with files alleging child sexual abuse by MPs from 1979-99. His report concluded that it was impossible to say whether files were removed or destroyed to cover up abuse, and found nothing to support such a claim.

    That report endorsed the findings of an initial review, published in 2013, regarding the dossier presented to Brittan by Dickens in 1983. That review by the Home Office’s top civil servant, Mark Sedwill, found that copies of Mr Dickens’s material had “not been retained.” In other words, it was deliberately destroyed or removed from the Home Office archive.

    Sedwill is one of the civil servants who helped put together the infamous “dodgy dossier” that enabled disgraced former prime minister Tony Blair to falsely claim that weapons of mass destruction existed in Iraq and thus served as a pretext for what the UN called an illegal invasion of a sovereign state.

    It is a sobering thought that Theresa May is tipped to become a future Tory leader and potential prime minister after the 2020 general election, when she would be at the height of her powers. Yet she has been at the centre of a catalogue of carefully choreographed moves since 2013 to systematically shut the door on any prospect of a proper, just inquiry into paedophile MPs.

    Steven Walker is a Unicef Children’s Champion.


  5. Friday 18th September 2015

    posted by Paddy McGuffin in Britain

    Another dozen probes into VIP paedophile corruption laid out by IPCC

    CLAIMS that Special Branch took over an investigation into child sex offences committed by an MP only to take it no further will be probed by the Met and police watchdog IPCC.

    The allegation is one of a dozen new cases of alleged historical corruption relating to paedophilia in the 1970s to 2000s in the Met Police.

    All involve claims that evidence was suppressed, investigations halted and offences covered up because of the involvement of MPs, government officials, police officers or other VIPs.

    It means the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards is now conducting 29 investigations into corruption, overseen by the IPCC.

    The watchdog is also overseeing one probe by Essex Police into claims that intelligence of an MP’s involvement in child sex abuse wasn’t investigated, it announced yesterday.

    In a damning revelation it emerged last month that an alleged cover-up of child sex allegations against former prime minister Edward Heath was at the centre of a corruption probe into Wiltshire Police.

    It was subsequently revealed that several forces around the country were also carrying out inquiries linked to allegations against the late politician.

    Fellow deceased Tory Leon Brittan has also been linked to the abuse allegations.

    Special Branch featured in three of the latest claims, including claims it took over an investigation into child sex offences committed by an MP only to shelve the probe.

    It is further alleged that Special Branch covered up evidence relating to an allegation that a serving Met officer was involved in a paedophile ring in north London.

    Other allegations include suggestions that a prosecution against a government official who was in possession of indecent images of children was not pursued following instruction from senior Met officers and lawyers.

    And that an investigation into a paedophile ring in south-west London in the 1970s was shut down prematurely on instruction of senior or high-ranking officers.

    IPCC commissioner Jennifer Izekor said: “We are continuing to receive further referrals from the Met and have now assessed that a further 12 require management by the IPCC in addition to one from Essex Police.

    “Our investigators will now oversee these investigations and ensure they meet our robust standards.”


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  10. Thursday 5th October 2017

    posted by Peter Lazenby in Britain

    Former Conservative prime minister Sir Edward Heath would be questioned over allegations that he had raped and indecently assaulted boys as young as 10 if he were alive today, according to a police report published yesterday.

    A Wiltshire Police investigation codenamed Operation Conifer concluded that seven of the claims would have been sufficiently credible to justify questioning Mr Heath, who was prime minister between 1970 and 1974, under caution.

    Police inquiries into allegations against him cost £1.5 million.

    Mr Heath, who had been MP for Bexley, died at his home in Salisbury in July 2005, aged 89.

    His friends have sought to discredit the police investigation, calling it “profoundly unsatisfactory” and complaining that it had left a “cloud of suspicion” hanging over him.

    However, Wiltshire Chief Constable Mike Veale strongly defended the decision to launch Operation Conifer.

    “There have been many views expressed as to whether the police should investigate alleged offences committed by a deceased suspect,” he said.

    “I believe this was the right moral, ethical and professional thing to do, but I appreciate that every case needs to be judged on its own merits.

    “Sir Edward Heath was an extremely prominent, influential and high-profile person who was arguably one of the most powerful people in the world commensurate with the political office he held.

    “The allegations against him were of the utmost seriousness and from a significant number of people.

    “I hope people will understand that, given these circumstances, it would be an indefensible dereliction of my public duty as a chief constable not to have investigated such serious allegations against a former prime minister, even though he is deceased.

    “I recognise that this investigation, the findings and the summary closure report may raise further questions.

    “But I also believe it signals a watershed moment for people and victims who have suggested or implied there has been a state cover-up for some senior figures who may have been involved in child sexual abuse.

    “There’s been a huge and significant amount of speculation and misleading commentary in the public domain but specifically there has been no political pressure whatsoever in relation to the conduct and delivery of the outcomes of this investigation,” Mr Veale said.


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