From the Sun on Sunday:
A POLICE probe into claims ex-PM Sir Edward Heath took part in satanic child sex orgies has topped £1million.
The massive bill was blasted as obscene, futile and an abuse of taxpayers’ money.
…Unmarried Mr Heath was PM from 1970-74 and died 12 years ago.
Lurid allegations against him include claims he was in a group which stabbed, tortured and maimed 16 children in churches before gorging on their blood.
The expense has been revealed from a Sun on Sunday Freedom of Information request. The Mail on Sunday has followed up in similar vein:
Police have spent more than £1million investigating claims former Prime Minister Ted Heath had been linked to a network of paedophiles who held satanic orgies.
The controversial inquiry into Heath by Wiltshire Police – Operation Conifer – has now topped £1million, despite growing demands for it to be shut down.
It should be noted that we only have partial details of the investigation into Heath, based for the most part on leaks.
Operation Conifer was launched in the summer of 2015, in the wake of a complaint that Wiltshire Police had derailed the trial of a brothel keeper in the 1990s due to a threat to implicate Heath. In fact, this had not been the case – the trial had actually been discontinued due to the non-attendance of a witness, and the brothel keeper was convicted at a later date without Heath’s name being raised.
Meanwhile, a number of stories were appearing in the media concerning historic “VIP” sex abuse, several of which concerned Heath. A former rent boy claims he had been picked up by Heath in 1961; a woman says she counted a number of boys climbing onto his boat in the early 1970s, but that there was one less on his return; Jimmy Savile’s nephew suddenly thought to remember that a friend had told him long ago that Heath had abused him; and there were also allegations involving Operation Midland’s “Nick”, who told police that Heath had prevented Harvey Proctor from castrating him at a paedophile orgy. I discussed these various claims here. Thus it was that police investigations were opened and consolidated into one operation led by Wiltshire Police, which issued an appeal for information outside Heath’s former home in Salisbury. This was all despite the fact that Heath had died in 2005.
Following the Henriques Review into how the Metropolitan Police had mishandled Operation Midland, Wiltshire Police attempted to quell disquiet – and incredulity – with a statement in which it announced that Operation Conifer currently two people were currently on bail. We don’t know who these people are, but “police sources” confirmed to the Daily Telegraph that the arrests “related to child protection and not perverting the course of justice”. In other words, they do not refer to allegations that police had “covered up” Heath’s supposed crimes, but rather infer that Heath is accused of being linked to other abusers and was perhaps part of a “ring”.
Two weeks after this statement, the Mail on Sunday ran with a front-page splash revealing that the police had been contacted by a group of women who had previously made an allegation in 1989 of having witnessed murderous Satanic rituals in Wiltshire. One of these women had apparently “recovered” her memories during therapy in Canada. The women had not previously implicated Ted Heath, but now said that they remembered him as “Ed”. The story came to light because Wiltshire Police had asked for expert advice from Rachel Hoskins, who promptly went public with concerns that the police were going off track. It seems a fair bet that the two arrests relate to other individuals named by this group of women (elderly relatives, most probably – the Mail on Sunday article refers to the group as a “family” who “claim the MP was part of a satanic sex cult run by their parents”).
More recently, the Mail on Sunday ran another front-page story on the subject, claiming that, according to an unnamed source, 30 individuals have come forward, and that the Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police, Mike Veale, believes them “120%”. The article did not go into specifics about the allegations, but the Daily Mail followed up the next day with an article that once again highlighted the “Satanism” claims. This in turn got picked up by the Sun.
Veale has not confirmed or denied the claim about what he supposedly believes about Heath, although a BBC report from December 2016 did specifically state that
Mr Veale also confirmed reports that satanic ritual sex abuse was a feature of the investigation, although he said it was a small part and did not relate to Sir Edward.
The current media tone is sceptical, but the upshot of the reporting is that the investigation into Heath has led to renewed headlines about murderous Satanic cults – a trend that most of us thought had gone for good after the fiascoes of the 1980s and early 1990s.
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