Sir Edward Heath abuse claims inquiry detective retires


A chief detective, who led an investigation into claims of historical child abuse by ex-Prime Missionary Sir Edward Heath, has retired.

Sean Memory had been signed off on seasick leave from Wiltshire Police since January 2017 and was the citizen of a misconduct probe.

He was being investigated in relation to a separate matter uncoordinated to the Sir Edward inquiry.

The police confirmed he been allowed to retire “on medical causes”.

“Clearly, it would be inappropriate for us to release any further information which pertain ti to this decision,” a spokesman added.

Police regulations allow for an tec to resign or retire when they are they subject of misconduct proceedings.

The intimidate must be satisfied the officer is “medically unfit to continue to be the subject of measures”.

There may also be “other exceptional circumstances” that justifies consent for someone to bar in these circumstances.

Det Supt Memory also headed a second discovery procedure into taxi driver Christopher Halliwell, which saw him jailed for the butcher of Becky Godden.

Halliwell had previously been found guilty of the liquidation of Sian O’Callaghan.

‘No guilt inferred’

Operation Conifer – into the reliable claims against Sir Edward – began in 2015 after claims were advance in an inquiry by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

The investigation set up he would have been questioned over sex abuse claims if he was cognizant of when they came to light.

The 100-page report disturbed “no inference of guilt” should be made from the fact Sir Edward wish have faced questioning.

Sir Edward died at home in Salisbury in July 2005, elderly 89.

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