"A force has rebuffed claims that it will shortly wrap up an investigation into allegations that former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath sexually abused children..."
"A spokesperson said: `Wiltshire Police would like to reassure persons who have come forward as part of this inquiry that any announcements about the progress and/or conclusion of this investigation will be made by formal announcement by the police as and where appropriate`."
"`At the conclusion of the investigation a confidential closing report will be written`."
"`We have briefed the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) and on completion of the investigation we will make available to them our report such that they can consider it relative to the terms of reference of the public inquiry`..."
"Allegations against Sir Edward first surfaced during Operation Midland, the Metropolitan Police Service’s inquiry into claims high-profile figures sexually abused young children."
"As part of part of Operation Conifer – launched in 2015 to examine claims against him specifically – Wiltshire Police has so far identified more than 30 alleged victims."
"Last month the force reassured the public that the investigation is under `no risk` of stopping despite senior investigating officer Superintendent Sean Memory taking sick leave and facing a misconduct inquiry."
"It also warned that media speculation about the investigation risks undermining officers’ efforts and damaging Sir Edward’s reputation."
"Another paper had reported that Chief Constable Mike Veale believed `120 per cent` that the allegations against Sir Edward were correct."
"However, Mr Veale stressed that the police do not judge people’s guilt or innocence, adding: `Our role is to objectively and proportionately go where the evidence takes us`."