File - This is a July 19, 1989 photo of former British Prime Minister Edward Heath as he takes tea in the garden of his home in Salisbury, England . (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver)
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A former prime minister was drawn into the complex web of historic child sex abuse allegations in Britain Monday, when the police watchdog announced an investigation involving 1970s leader Edward Heath.The Independent Police Complaints Commission said it would investigate a claim from a retired senior policeman that prosecution of a person accused of child sex abuse in the 1990s was dropped when they threatened to expose Heath.The probe is separate to a major, judge-led inquiry into child sexual abuse in British institutions such as the BBC, the National Health Service, children's homes and schools that was opened last month.British police said in May they had received allegations of historic child sex abuse against 261 public figures, including 76 politicians.
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