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Five people claimed Sir Edward abused and murdered children aboard his Morning Cloud yachts between 19 off Broadstairs, Kent - but police established there was no 'credible' evidence, no witnesses and no missing children.
An allegation he was involved in an Army child sex ring was ruled out after two other men were arrested and released because they had 'no link' to the former Tory leader.
But would give no detailed accounts about the incidents, the people involved and why Sir Edward would be required to answer more questions if he were alive.
They said Sir Edward Heath abused them as children and also accused their parents of being involved in up to 16 murders.Not one of those former crew members linked Sir Edward to any instances of child abuse, or that children were even ever taken aboard his various boats.All of the accusations were dismissed by police officers, who were also unable to link the murder claims to any missing children cases.But officers revealed Sir Edward would still have been questioned under caution over an allegation he raped a 11-year-old boy he paid for sex in 1961 and touched children as young as ten while he was an MP, minister and Tory leader.Britain's former chief prosecutor Lord Macdonald QC said police made appeals to 'excite fantasists and attention-seekers' and said: 'They are covering their backs at the expense of a dead man. Chief Constable Mike Veale said it was not a 'witch hunt' and stood by his much-criticised use of the word 'victims' - but admitted it was a mistake to make an appeal outside the ex-prime minister's Salisbury mansion in 2015.