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Wiltshire Police have been accused of “wriggling at every single turn” after they were forced to release the only two people arrested in connection with the Sir Edward Heath child abuse inquiry.
The force has spent almost two years and more than £1 million probing claims against the former Prime Minister who died more than a decade ago.
Earlier this week the only two people to be arrested during the inquiry were told they face no further action.
Dr Richard Hoskins, a criminologist, who was called in by Wiltshire Police to review the inquiry, said he was now convinced there was not a shred of credible evidence against the late former Tory leader and called for it to be shut down.
He told Radio 4’s Today programme: “Wiltshire Police are wriggling at every single turn here. Whenever part of their investigation falls down this is their fall back, saying there is another strand.”
He added: “The police have been on a fishing trip with this. They quite outrageously, I think, stood outside Ted Heath’s home and called for people to come forward.”