Police officer given ‘management advice’ over sex abuse arrest Tweet

Singer Cliff Richard was interviewed under caution last year by South Yorkshire Police detectives investigating an allegation of historical abuse in Sheffield, which he strenuously denies. Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images

Singer Cliff Richard was interviewed under caution last year by South Yorkshire Police detectives investigating an allegation of historical abuse in Sheffield, which he strenuously denies. Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images

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A South Yorkshire police officer has received ‘management advice’ after he tweeted about the arrest of a 73-year-old by Operation Yewtree detectives last year, it has been reported.

Online rumours incorrectly said the man arrested was Sir Cliff Richard.

Sir Cliff was later interviewed under caution by South Yorkshire Police following claims that he sexually assaulted a young boy at a concert in Sheffield in 1985.

‘Management advice’, which was given to the unnamed officer, is the lowest sanction handed out for misconduct.

Sir Cliff’s Berkshire home was searched in August last year by police investigating the sexual assault allegation.

South Yorkshire Police allowed the BBC to film the search and it was broadcast live on television.

Sir Cliff, who denies any wrongdoing and has not been arrested, was at his holiday villa in Portugal at the time.

The force was rapped by The House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee for allowing the BBC to broadcast coverage of the raid.

It is understood Sir Cliff is considering suing the force for damage to his reputation.

His lawyer Gideon Benaim said he had been caused ‘immeasurable harm’ by ‘premature and disproportionate’ reporting.

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