HEATH FRIENDS IN PROBE CALL
PALS of Sir Edward Heath have called for a judge-led inquiry into the handling of allegations that he raped and indecently assaulted boys as young as 10.
Wiltshire Police’s investigation, called Operation Conifer, concluded that seven of the claims would have been credible enough to justify questioning the late former prime minister under caution.
But a further 35 allegations did not meet the threshold for a formal interview. Friends of Sir Edward called the report “deeply flawed” and said they would make a complaint to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
Former cabinet minister Lord Hunt of Wirral said: “It is clear there is an urgent need for an independent judge-led inquiry to review the findings of Operation Conifer. Sir Edward’s reputation has been unfairly tarnished. This stain on his character and legacy must, in all justice, be removed.”