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Police: 'Number of calls' over Heath sex abuse claims

Wiltshire Police said it had received a number of calls in response to its appeal for information on Monday in relation to allegations of child sex abuse against former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath.

A force spokesman said: "The investigation team will be reviewing the information and following up any lines of inquiry as a result.

"Wiltshire Police continue to appeal to anyone who has information or may have been a victim of child sex abuse to come forward."

He added that the NSPCC, who the force is working with to provide support to victims, had also received calls in relation to the appeal.

The force spokesman added: “Please call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk as they have dedicated staff in place to deal with victims or if you have information that may help police please call us via 101.”

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Pensioner reverses into baby in Devizes

Police are appealing for witnesses to the accident Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA

A baby boy has been seriously injured after being hit by a car in a car park in Devizes. The 14 month-old boy suffered a fractured skull and shoulder when he was struck by the car which was being driven by a 73 year-old man.

The accident happened just before 2pm yesterday in a parking area behind Freeman Road. The boy was taken to Bristol Royal Infirmary by air ambulance and is expected to make a full recovery.

“Fortunately, the young boy is expected to make a full recovery and is being moved on to a ward today. This incident happened in a communal area, however, we would like to hear from anybody who was in the area at the time of the incident and may have witnessed the collision."

– PC Andy Stanley

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Wiltshire Police force must be held to account says PCC

The investigation will be into the handling of an alleged child sexual abuse claim involving Sir Edward Heath. Credit: Toby Melville / PA Images

The progress of this investigation has been monitored by my office at every stage and I am satisfied that the necessary momentum and engagement with the IPCC has been maintained by Wiltshire Police since the information was received.

It is important that the IPCC investigation is given full co-operation. I will be watching closely to see if any evidence of corruption or poor practice is uncovered.

My priority as Commissioner is to put the interests of victims at the heart of everything we do, as well as holding the Force to account for its performance.

– Police & Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire & Swindon

NSPCC urge victims of abuse to come forward

Wiltshire Police are due to be investigated over the handling of an alleged child sexual abuse claim in the 1990's against former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath.

NSPCC are urging anyone who thinks they may have been a victim to contact them on 0808 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk.

It’s important that people who believe they have been victims of abuse have the confidence to speak out knowing that their voices will be listened to.

Whether abuse happened in the past, or is occurring today, whether those being accused are authority figures or not, allegations of crimes against children must be investigated thoroughly.

While some people wait years before speaking out, we would urge them to act quickly so they can get help as soon as possible. Our trained helpline counsellors are always on duty round the clock to listen and provide assistance.

– Peter Wanless, Chief Executive of the NSPCC

Wiltshire Police appeal for information from anyone who may have been a victim

Wiltshire Police are due to be investigated over the handling of an alleged child sexual abuse claim in the 1990's, which was made against Sir Edward Heath.

They have issued this statement:

Sir Edward Heath has been named in relation to offences concerning children. He lived in Salisbury for many years and we would like to hear from anyone who has any relevant information that may assist us in our enquiries or anyone who believes they may have been a victim.

We are working closely with the NSPCC to ensure that any victims are appropriately supported. They provide trained helpline counsellors to listen and provide assistance.

We take all reports of child abuse, either current or that occurred in the past very seriously. Victims will receive support throughout any investigation and associated judicial process.

If there is evidence of offences having been committed we will ensure that , if possible, those responsible are held to account through a thorough and detailed investigation. This includes any other parties who are identified as having been involved in child sex abuse.

Some people may never have spoken out about the abuse they have suffered but we would urge them to please contact us and to not suffer in silence.

– Wiltshire Police
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