London: In a shocking revelation a man has alleged that he was raped by former British Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath when he was 12. Police has launched an inquiry into the alleged ‘cover-up’ of child sex abuse allegations levelled against the former prime minister.
In an interview with The Mirror, the alleged victim, now in his 60s, claimed that he was sodomized by Sir Edward in his Mayfair flat in 1961 after being picked up while hitchhiking. .
The boy, who claimed to have been abused throughout his childhood by his father and his paedophile friends, said Sir Edward picked him up along the A2 road in north Kent as he hitched a lift.
He claimed to have gone back to an apartment in Park Lane, London where he was raped.
It was not until 1965 that he says he realized who his alleged abuser was, recognizing him from a picture in a newspaper in which Sir Edward was standing beside Margaret Thatcher.
In statements to his legal team reported in the newspaper he said: "I learned that he was MP for Baxley. This answered a lot of questions as to why no-one believed me about the London saga. I got called a liar and a fantasist."
The Metropolitan Police declined to comment on the claims.
Sir Edward, who was prime minister for four years in the 1970s, is the highest-profile figure to be embroiled in historic abuse allegations against prominent figures.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is looking into whether Wiltshire Police followed up a claim against Sir Edward, which was made in the 1990s.
A woman who was in charge of a brothel had been due to stand trial but said she would expose the top politician, according to reports.
Wiltshire Police have appealed for potential victims of Sir Edward to come forward, after launching an inquiry on the back of allegations made by a retired senior officer.