Police are being investigated over sensational claims they covered up child sex allegations against former prime minister Edward Heath.

The probe was launched after a retired ‘very senior’ officer raised concerns that a criminal trial was derailed in the 1990s to protect the former Tory leader.

As a result, it is alleged, he was never interviewed by police – let alone arrested – and his home was not searched.

Last night, in a bizarre televised scene, a senior Wiltshire Police officer stood outside Sir Edward’s former home and urged victims not ‘to suffer in silence’ and to contact them if they had been abused by the politician.

One alleged victim claims he was sexually assaulted aged 12 by Sir Edward in a Mayfair flat in 1961, after the MP spotted him walking the streets alone.

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