- Edward Heath abuse claims: Police defend investigation
- Edward Heath child abuse investigation 'not a witch-hunt'
- David Beckham tattoos come to life for child abuse campaign
- Violence marks forever - Join David Beckham and end violence against children
Edward Heath abuse claims: Police defend investigation
2 December 2016 UK
An inquiry into child sex abuse claims involving ex-Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath is exploring a "significant number" of lines, police say.
Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Mike Veale has defended Operation Conifer, insisting it is not a "fishing trip or witch-hunt".
He said officers had received "allegations spanning a significant number of individuals".
It emerged last month that two people had been arrested and bailed.
Former Conservative prime minister Sir Edward died at his home in Salisbury in July 2005, aged 89.
In an open letter, Mr Veale said he would not be "buckling under pressure to not investigate or to conclude the investigation prematurely".
He said he wanted to "set the record straight" amid press reports the inquiry was floundering.
The chief constable described Sir Edward as an "extremely prominent, influential and high profile person".
"The decision to undertake this incredibly complex and challenging investigation was not taken lightly particularly knowing, or at least expecting, that we would be placed under intense scrutiny," he said.
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.
Edward Heath child abuse investigation 'not a witch-hunt'
Wiltshire chief constable says significant number of people have disclosed claims of historical abuse against ex-prime minister Vikram Dodd and Owen Bowcott Friday 2 December 2016
The chief constable of the force investigating claims that Sir Edward Heath sexually abused children has vowed not to buckle under “unacceptable” media pressure, insisting the investigation into the late prime minister is not a “fishing trip” or a “witch-hunt”.
A “significant number of individuals have disclosed allegations of abuse”, the Wiltshire police chief, Mike Veale, said on Friday in an extraordinary 1,600-word statement that sought to rebuff media criticism and keep the 15-month investigation on track.
The Guardian understands that at least 15 people have made allegations to the police around the country claiming Heath, who died in 2005, was involved in the sexual abuse of children.
Multiple sources say the Wiltshire-led Operation Conifer remains live and the claims are regarded by police as credible, with inquiries continuing into whether they can be shown to be true or disproved. Police are describing the complainants as “victims” in private....
Dr Rachel Hoskins, an expert on ritual sacrifice who has been asked by detectives to examine claims made against Heath and others as part of Operation Conifer, has been highly critical of the investigation....
Heath was prime minister from 1970-74. A world-class yachtsman in his spare time, he took Britain into what was then the European Economic Community. His time in power was beset by industrial strife, and confrontations with the then powerful trade unions plunged Britain into a three-day week.
He was elected leader of the the Conservative party in 1965 and won the 1970 election.....
David Beckham tattoos come to life for child abuse campaign
By Judith Burns Education reporter 5 December 2016
David Beckham's tattoos have taken on a life of their own in a Unicef film highlighting physical and psychological abuse that can leave lasting marks.
In the one-minute film, scenes of violence against children appear as animated tattoos on the former footballer's body.
David Beckham, now a Unicef goodwill ambassador, said he had been shocked by children's accounts of violence.
He is urging people to share the film on social media.
Beckham, 41, said his real tattoos represented happy or important memories, but the film was highlighting the fact millions of children bore marks they had not chosen - the long-lasting scars of violence and abuse.
The animations in the film depict forms of violence that children endure in places where they should be safe, such as their homes, schools, online and in their communities.
The father of four, said he was committed to doing "everything I can to make the world a safer place for children and to speak out on issues that are having a devastating impact on children's lives".
"One of those issues is violence," he said.
"Every five minutes, somewhere in the world, a child dies from violence.
"Millions more are in danger of physical, emotional and sexual abuse that could destroy their childhoods forever."....
Two-thirds of 190,000 children and young people around the world who responded to a Unicef call for information via its online U-report tool, said they had personally experienced physical or verbal abuse or knew someone else who had.
The responses suggested the biggest perpetrators were:
police and other law enforcers (33%)
other children and young people (29%)
parents or care givers (28%)
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