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'Brothel madam' sparked Heath child sex abuse inquiry

The woman who is alleged to have threatened to expose former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath as a child abuser was a brothel madam, according to reports.

The Times reports a 67-year-old woman, who has been jailed twice for running her establishment in Heath's former home town of Salisbury, is alleged to have had charges dropped when she threatened to expose the politician in the 1990s.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating the cover-up claims against Wiltshire Police.


MH370: Experts to begin examining wing part

Investigators are due to examine part of a wing suspected to belong to missing flight MH370.

Officers look at the debris suspected to belong to MH370. Credit: Reuters

The Malaysia Airlines jet disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014 with 239 people on board.

A wing fragment - confirmed to be part of a Boeing 777 - was discovered on the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion last week.

The part has been taken to the French city of Toulouse where experts will reportedly start analysing it on Wednesday afternoon.


Weather: Mix of sunshine and showers on Wednesday

It will be a fine, though breezy start for many central and eastern parts of the UK with sunny spells.

Temperatures could reach 23C. Credit: Met Office

However, showery rain - mainly across Northern Ireland at first - will gradually spread northeastwards into Scotland.

Cloud will also increase to bring scattered showery outbreaks across England and Wales during the day.

It will stay breezy, with a high of 23 Celsius (73F) expected.

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