Last year we reported claims by former Bury Messenger editor Don Hale that his newspaper’s office was raided by Special Branch after it began working on a story about politicians involved with a paedophile group.
Don had been handed a dossier by the late Labour MP and MEP Dame Barbara Castle listing a series of political figures who supported the Paedophile Information Exchange.
Yesterday he revealed that Sir Edward, left, had been among those named in the dossier.
He said yesterday: “When Barbara Castle came to see me in August 1984 within her dossier, she had several cuttings about ex-PM Ted Heath including one about Heath offering weekend trips for boys from Jersey on his yacht.
“It was all tied in with her claims about the Westminster paedo ring. The names related to people at the highest level.”
It was revealed yesterday that Jersey police are among five police forces now investigating allegations that the former Prime Minister was involved in child sex abuse.
Forces in Wiltshire, Hampshire, Kent as well as the Metropolitan Police are also looking into the sex abuse claims.
Don has previously claimed that when the Messenger attempted to obtain official reaction to some of the allegations made in Dame Barbara’s dossier, a high-level operation kicked into gear to silence the paper.
He claims Special Branch officers warned him of imprisonment if he failed to hand over the secret papers, saying any publication of the story could constitute a threat to national security.
Said Don: “I was sworn to secrecy by Special Branch at the risk of jail if I repeated any of the allegations.”
Former Surrey Comet editor Hilton Tims has since made similar claims, saying the Comet was warned it risked jeopardising national security after attempting to investigate allegations of child sex abuse involving prominent public figures at the Elm House guest house in South London.