London: A man has made shocking allegations against former UK prime minister Sir Edward Heath claiming that 'he was raped by him when he was 12-yr-old'.
While giving an interview to The Mirror, the alleged victim claimed that the sexual assault took place in 1961 after Heath picked him while he was hitch hiking.
The assault took place at Heath's posh Mayfair flat, he added.
Now in his 60s, the man has claimed that he was also abused by his father and his friends during his childhood and was picked by Heath when he had ran away from home.
The man said that he could identify his alleged abuser only after four years when he saw Heath's picture in a newspaper standing next to Margaret Thatcher.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) 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 former leader of the centre-right Conservatives was prime minister between 1970 and 1974, leading Britain into the European Economic Community in 1973 after a referendum. He died in 2005.
The IPCC will also investigate whether officers with Wiltshire Police in western England subsequently took any steps to investigate the claims about Heath`s actions.
(With AFP Inputs)