Cliff Richard's legal battle with BBC due in High Court after South Yorkshire Police apology

Sir Cliff Richard is suing the BBC and South Yorkshire Police after he was named as a suspected sex offender
Sir Cliff Richard is suing the BBC and South Yorkshire Police after he was named as a suspected sex offender
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Sir Cliff Richard's legal battle with the BBC is due to go before a High Court judge tomorrow (Wednesday, March 1).

The singer is suing the BBC after it named him as a suspected offender following a raid on his home in Berkshire in August 2014.

He has also taken legal action against South Yorkshire Police, which last June apologised 'wholeheartedly' for its handling of media interest in the investigation.

Mr Justice Mann is listed to consider the case of Richard, OBE v The British Broadcasting Corporation & anr at London's Royal Courts of Justice on Wednesday from 10.30am.

Sir Cliff's lawyers claim the coverage caused the singer 'profound and long-lasting' damage, as well as forcing him to delay the release of an album of rock and roll classics. They say he he has already racked up more than £1 million in legal costs.

South Yorkshire Police's investigation into historic sexual abuse allegations against Sir Cliff was eventually closed with no charges brought.

The BBC said in December it was 'very sorry' for any distress suffered by Sir Cliff, but bosses at the broadcaster vowed to 'defend ourselves vigorously' against his legal claim.

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