Dr Rachel Hoskins, a leading criminologist enlisted by detectives to examine evidence, said she had “exposed a catalogue of fabrication” at the heart of the investigation and warned the force it should immediately end its consideration of key accuser's “pernicious” claims of satanic ritual abuse.Dr Hoskins branded the inquiry “a disgrace” and said that, while the force had accepted her report, she had “little confidence” police would pass the findings on to MPs.Lincoln Seligman, Sir Edward's godson, called for a judge-led review into the investigation and heavily criticised the police’s televised appeal for potential victims to come forward “I don’t believe any of the allegations.I knew him to be a man of great integrity and not so idiotic as to go and jeopardise his career and the things he wanted to achieve himself and for the country by indulging in something so dangerous and pointless.” Penny Gummer, who was Sir Edward's secretary between 19, said he “had a driver and protection officers, a policeman outside his front door and a housekeeper in his house” and claimed he would not have been able to generate the “unfailing respect” of friends and colleagues if guilty of the alleged abuse.Chief Constable Mike Veale said there were “compelling and obvious reasons to investigate” the allegations.“Sir Edward Heath was an extremely prominent, influential and high-profile person who was arguably one of the most powerful people in the world,” he added.Of those, 19 were found not to meet the threshold for interview, three complaints were withdrawn, 10 were reported by a third party and another three allegations were made anonymously.The report revealed that there was “reason to suspect” two people may have intentionally misled the police by claiming that they were abused by Sir Edward.
It is carried on a white wand before the Sovereign at the Coronation and on ceremonial occasions such as the State Opening of Parliament.
It came after another high-profile child abuse investigation, Operation Midland, closed without any arrests being made over claims of a VIP paedophile ring after the evidence provided by a sole witness known as “Nick” was discredited.
A raft of politicians from across the political spectrum have been accused of abusing children, including Liberal Democrat Sir Cyril Smith and Labour peer and former MP Lord Janner.
“In the case of one of these disclosures, a live criminal investigation remains ongoing,” it states.
Another person was formally cautioned for wasting police time after admitting that they had misled the investigation by falsely claiming to be three different people in three separate claims.