Five police forces are now investigating former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath over allegations of historic child sex abuse as more people come forward to claim the politician abused them.
The Met, Wiltshire, Kent, Jersey and Hampshire forces are all conducting investigations into the late Conservative politician.
Yesterday evening, Hampshire became the fifth force to say it was looking into “allegations”, reports the BBC. It gave no other details.
The States of Jersey Police confirmed yesterday afternoon that Sir Edward had been a suspect for months as part of Operation Whistle, an inquiry into alleged historic sex abuse on the island.
He is also being investigated as part of Operation Midland, an inquiry by Scotland Yard into claims a ‘VIP paedophile ring’ which was operating in the 1970s and 1980s across London and the south east.
Kent Police said it had received an allegation of sexual assault in the 1960s by a victim who named Sir Edward Heath.
Edward Heath - Life in pictures
Edward Heath - Life in pictures
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Leader of the British Conservative Party Edward Heath tours his constituency during the general election campaign, 1966
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British Conservative Party politician and amateur musician, Edward Heath conducting the annual carol concert at the Grand Ballroom, Broadstairs, Kent, in December 1963
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Conservative Party leader Mr Edward Heath holds up with pride the new Conservative election manifesto entitled 'A Better Tomorrow' at a press conference in London, 1970
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British prime minister Edward Heath chatting with US president Richard Nixon at Chequers in Buckinghamshire
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British Prime Minister Edward Heath, skipper of the British team for the Admiral Cup Series with his team aboard the yacht 'Morning Cloud' at Southsea, Hampshire, 1971
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In 1974 the Conservative Prime Minister Edward Heath, left, was ousted from Downing Street when Harold Wilson, right, formed a minority Labour government
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Ted Heath leaves Downing Street to hand in his resignation, 1974
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British Prime Minister Edward Heath announces the date of the General Election, 1974
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Deposed Conservative party leader Edward Heath with his successor Margaret Thatcher, 1975
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Former Prime Minister Edward Heath at his home in 1975
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At the Conservative Party Conference (L-R), Mr Edward Heath, MP for Bexley, Mr Francis Pym, Leader of the House of Commons, and Mr William Whitelaw, Home Secretary, applaud a colleague's speech, 1981
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Edward Heath at his home in Salisbury in 1980s
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Edward Heath bids farwell to Chia Chia the panda, London Zoo, 1988
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British prime minister Sir Edward Heath, appearing before the US Senate armed committee on the situation in the Persian Gulf, 1990
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Sir Edward Heath arrives at No.10 Downing Street for a dinner hosted by Prime Minister Tony Blair in London, 2002
A separate probe is being conducted by the Independent Police Complaints Commission into whether Wiltshire Police failed to pursue claims against the politician in the 1990s.
Wiltshire Police, which issued an appeal for potential victims of Sir Edward to come forward, said it had received a number of calls.
The inquiry against Wiltshire Police stems from claims that a prosecution against a woman, who operated a brothel, was dropped after she said she would reveal details exposing as Sir Edward as an alleged paedophile.
Myra Forde, 67, is alleged to have been the woman. She was reportedly twice been jailed for operating a brothel in Salisbury, Wiltshire, where the politician lived after he left office.Reuse content