HEATH: Wiltshire Police take lessons away from investigation

HEATH: Wiltshire Police take lessons away from investigation

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 5:26am 6th October 2017. (Updated at 10:23am 19th October 2017)

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The force has been learning from the outcomes of the 2 year investigation.

One of Wiltshire's top police officers says lessons have been learned from the investigation into alleged child sex abuse by Sir Edward Heath.

The 2 year investigation came to an end yesterday (Thursday October 5th), with a report summing up their findings.

Police says they would have questioned the former Prime Minister, who lived in Salisbury, about seven cases had he been alive today.

You can read much more about the report and its findings on our news page at www.spirefm.co.uk/news

Wiltshire Assistant Chief Constable Paul Mills says the investigation has taught them a lot about how best to support the people coming forward with concerns:

"What we've looked to do with each one of those is actually provide them, where they've wanted it, with victim support plans to support them through this process, and importantly at the end of this investigation. In terms of future cases, the police service would encourage anybody to come forward who believes they have been a victim and we will listen to them, we'll be fair and objective and look to undertake an investigation into the circumstances involved."

The force has also said their investigation into alleged child sex abuse by Sir Edward Heath was justified and proportionate.

They've been paying tribute to the 20 plus officers who have been working on these cases since Operation Conifer was launched back in August 2015.

Wiltshire's Assistant Chief Constable Paul Mills says it's been a very complex investigation by his team:

"They are all exceptionally experienced police officers that are used to undertaking investigations where there may be a degree of public interest in such a case. What they've done is professionally gone about their business, they've looked to support victims and they've looked to fairly consider the allegations that have been made against Sir Edward Heath. I would pay testament to them in relation to the professional job that they've undertaken, not only on behalf of Wiltshire Police but also the other 13 police forces."

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