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Sir Cliff Richard refuses to become ‘embroiled’ in row between BBC and South Yorkshire Poli ce

Sir Cliff Richard

Sir Cliff Richard

Pop star Sir Cliff Richard has refused to become ‘embroiled’ in a row between South Yorkshire Police and the BBC over the media coverage of a search of his home.

His lawyers have sent a letter to the Home Affairs Select Committee, which is investigating why the BBC was present when police officers raided Sir Cliff’s penthouse in Berkshire last month.

Police chiefs have lodged a complaint at a BBC statement that the force struck a deal with the organisation in a ‘deliberate attempt to ensure maximum coverage’ of the raid.

Chief Constable David Crompton told the committee a police probe into an allegation Sir Cliff sexually abused a boy in Sheffield in 1985 had been ‘fatally compromised’ by a claimed leak from someone within high profile sex crime inquiry Operation Yewtree to the BBC.

But BBC bosses claimed their reporter who received the Sir Cliff tip-off before the raid only knew the star’s name and was furnished with further details by South Yorkshire Police.

In a letter to the select committee, Sir Cliff’s solicitor Gideon Benaim said: “While there is an ongoing police investigation, we would not wish our client to become embroiled in the wider issues being considered by the committee.”

 
 
 

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