Mother claims she had told police a child vanished after going on Sir Edward Heath’s yacht but officers were warned not to investigate by ‘someone above’
- Mother claims 11 boys boarded yacht Morning Cloud but only 10 returned
- Linda Corby claims she went to police who were told not to investigate it
- She said: ‘Perhaps he was dropped off somewhere. But it was suspicious’
- Jersey among at least seven forces now investigating alleged Heath abuse
A vulnerable child vanished after going on Sir Edward Heath’s yacht but police ignored it, it was alleged today.
Linda Corby, 61, claims she watched 11 children board the then prime minister’s boat Morning Cloud when it docked in St Helier, Jersey, but a few hours later only ten walked off.
Mrs Corby says the children, aged between six and 11, were from the Jersey care home Haute de la Garenne, where a paedophile ring targeted young residents for decades.
She claims she and Jersey senator Ralph Vibert, who has now died, were ‘warned’ about Sir Edward and then watched in horror as they saw one child was missing.
Disappearance: Concerns were raised today after a woman says she told police a child vanished after going on Sir Edward Heath’s yacht in Jersey, but police did not investigate
She told the Daily Mirror: ‘We watched as a group of boys from the home got on. They were in shorts and T-shirts and looked as if they were on a day trip. We counted them back but one boy was missing.
‘Perhaps he was dropped off somewhere else. But it was suspicious’.
She and Mr Vibert went to police but she claims that they were told not to investigate the disappearance by ‘someone above’.
She added: ‘Back then the police were controlled by the defence committee so we assumed that was who told them to leave it alone’.
Jersey Police, which is conducting a long-running probe into Jimmy Savile’s child sex attacks on the islands, has now revealed it also investigating the late Conservative leader.
The authorities are still struggling to come to terms with the scale of abuse exposed at the notorious Haute de la Garenne childrens’ home.
In June they said officers were probing the activities of 45 suspects, some of whom are dead or as yet unidentified, with 13 ‘people of public prominence’.
At least seven police forces are now carrying out Heath investigations after Gloucestershire Police yesterday said it had received an allegation and Thames Valley Police said it had ‘received information’.
Claims: Linda Corby, 61, who was in her teens at the time, says she and a Jersey senator counted 11 children going on board in St Helier, pictured, but only ten came back
Channel Island: Haut de la Garenne, the former children’s home on the island of Jersey, where police believe child abuse was carried out by well known figures. The investigation now involves Sir Ted Heath
Detectives in Wiltshire, Kent, Jersey, Hampshire and London are also looking at abuse claims linked to Sir Edward.
And it also emerged that an eighth force, North Yorkshire, is checking its records to see if there is any link between Sir Edward and a notorious local paedophile known as ‘King Cornet’.
Claims: Brothel Madam ‘Ling-Ling’ in London yesterday, who says the rich and powerful bribed her to stay silent about their sex lives
A photo emerged of him emerged of him meeting Peter Jaconelli.
Jaconelli, a friend of Jimmy Savile who would pick up boys together in a pink Rolls Royce, was suspected of abusing 35 victims as part of a paedophile ring in Scarborough, where he was mayor.
Police said the former ice cream boss and Mayor of the resort, who died aged 73 in 1999, would have faced a string of charges if he was still alive.
The brothel keeper at the centre of the Sir Edward Heath paedophile scandal yesterday claimed that politicians and police had tried to buy her silence.
But she vowed: ‘I will write a book and I will name them all.’
Madam Ling-Ling said parcels of money had been sent to her in prison ‘telling me not to talk’.
She said she was sent cash after being jailed for brothel-running in Salisbury, Wiltshire – a mile from the ex-prime minister’s home.
The Filipina grandmother, real name Myra Ling-Ling Forde, said she did not know who sent the money but was sure it was to keep her quiet.
Forde, 67, has been accused of threatening to expose Sir Edward as a paedophile. The police watchdog is investigating whether her threat led to the withdrawal of prostitution charges against her in 1992. She was later jailed twice, in 1995 and 2009.
Forde said she knew politicians and celebrities in the 1990s when she ran brothels in Salisbury and London. She told the Mail: ‘I ran a brothel and I’ve been convicted. When I was in prison, there was a lot of money that was sent. I don’t know where it was coming from. There was no name.’
Asked if she believed it was from her former clients, she said: ‘Oh yes. Telling me not to talk about them.
‘It came in the post. Sometimes I got £50 here, £50 there, £100 there … but you know, it was no name. The prison don’t like to give it to me because it’s got no name. So it wasn’t given to me.’
Claim: The accusation emerged after it was revealed police are being investigated over claims they covered up child sex allegations against the former Tory leader (pictured alongside paedophile Jimmy Savile)
Forde, 67, has been accused of threatening to expose Sir Edward (pictured with Cyril Smith) as a paedophile
New inquiry: Police are investigating links between Sir Edward Heath and paedophile mayor of Scarborough Pater Jaconelli, known as ‘King Cornet’, pictured together meeting in the early 1970s
Speaking outside her north-west London flat, she said she believed the money was sent by ‘a couple of politicians, a couple of policemen’, insisting: ‘I don’t have to name them.’
Forde refused five times to confirm whether she had met Sir Edward, but said: ‘He was a very nice man. But he’s dead now. I can’t say anything.
‘One day I will write a story. One day I will tell you. One day I will tell the truth.’ Forde lives in a housing association flat with a friend. She walks friends’ dogs and acts as a ‘counsellor’, neighbours said.
Her solicitor has denied she had any ‘involvement with Ted Heath’ or ‘knowledge of any misconduct on his part’.
TIMELINE: DID THE POLICE COVER-UP FORMER PM’S ALLEGED CHILD ABUSE?
1990s: A retired ‘very senior’ officer raises concerns that a criminal trial was derailed in the 1990s to protect the former Tory leader Sir Edward Heath.
A woman who was in charge of a brothel had been due to stand trial but said she would expose the MP and a child abuser.
It is claimed that top brass then intervened to make her case ‘disappear’ and it is believed that Ted Heath was not even visited, questioned or arrested. His Salisbury home was not searched either.
A ‘respected’ retired senior Wiltshire Police officer, who worked with the whistleblower, has said he was sure the allegations made by his former colleague were true.
The officer, who was at the heart of some of the force’s most sensitive inquiries in the 1990s, told the Daily Mail: ‘I have no doubt that the allegation that a prosecution was stopped in suspicious circumstances, because of a potential link to Sir Edward, is true.’
July 2005: SIr Edward Heath dies at his home in Salisbury of pneumonia. He was cremated on July 25 at a funeral service attended by 1,500 people.
2012: Labour MP Tom Watson, who has helped expose claims of an Establishment cover-up to protect VIP paedophiles, says he was approached with allegations about Sir Edward.
He claims to have handed them to police, but it is unclear what officers did with that information.
He said: ‘I received information in 2012 concerning allegations of child abuse carried out by Edward Heath and a separate claim concerning Heath was made to me subsequently. I passed them both to the police, who have confirmed to me that at least one of those allegations is being investigated and taken seriously.’
Operation Fairbank was launched in 2012 to look into claims that there was a paedophile ring with links to government in response to information passed on by Mr Watson.
Fairbank has since spawned more inquiries, including Operation Midland, which is investigating claims of a VIP paedophile ring in Westminster in the 1970s and 80s involved in the murder of three boys; Fernbridge, which is looking at claims linked to the Elm Guest House in Barnes, south west London, in the 1980s; and Cayacos, which is investigating historic cases linked to the Paedophile Information Exchange.
October 2014: Scotland Yard sources say that this is when detectives may have received a complaint about Sir Edward Heath linking to the VIP paedophile ring formed in Westminster.
A year earlier the Met started seriously probing claims that VIPs – including former ministers, police and people linked to royal household – abused children at Elm Guest House in south-west London in the 1980s and in Dolphin House from the 1970s.
It was sparked after Sir Cyril Smith was named as a paedophile in Parliament and it emerged four chances to prosecute him before his death were missed. Also 114 files relating to historical allegations of child sex abuse, 1979 to 1999, disappeared from the Home Office, increasing suspicion of a cover up.
June 2015: Jersey Police launch Operation Whistle to investigate child abuse claims on the island and say they believe it involved 13 celebrities, politicians and sports stars.
Detectives revealed that the prominent figures who are alive, who are still ‘well known’, will be quizzed ‘imminently’ into allegations of institutionalised sex offences on the Channel island.
Their identities have not been revealed but police have said that 13 of the 45 suspects are public figures, including media personalities, politicians and sports people and they will be questioned as part of Operation Whistle.
It now appears that Sir Ted Heath is among the suspects. A dossier is said to suggest he would take vulnerable boys out on his yacht.
August 3, 2015: The Independent Police Complaints Commission announces that child sex allegations involving Sir Edward Heath are at the centre of a police corruption investigation.
Watchdogs named the late Prime Minister as they announced Wiltshire Police is being probed over its response to an alleged abuse claim made in the 1990s. The force appealed for potential victims to come forward.
Sir Edward, who was PM for four years in the 1970s, is the highest-profile figure to be embroiled in historic abuse allegations against prominent figures.
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