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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.”

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