No evidence of Ted Heath paedophile cover-up, says police watchdog

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13th May 2016

Claims that a police investigation into a brothel madam was dropped after she threatened to accuse Ted Heath of being a paedophile were groundless, it has been confirmed.

Police dropped a case relating to Ted Heath due to a lack of evidence, it has emerged
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The Independent Police Complaints Commission said the case against Myra Forde was dropped due to a lack of evidence, rather than claims she made about the former Prime Minister.

An officer from Wiltshire Police sparked controversy by making a statement from outside Mr Heath's former home last year calling for witnesses to come forward.

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But the IPCC said it had spoken to Judge Seed, who was prosecuting barrister at the time of the case in 1994.

It said: "He said he had never met [Sir Edward Heath] and he would not have spared his blushes."

Another officer told the IPCC that he had regarded Ms Forde as "a bit of a fantasist".

Wiltshire Police said it was still investigating "a number of lines of inquiry" around Mr Heath.