Sir Cliff Richard may sue the BBC and South Yorkshire Police over house raid

Cliff Richard, whose house was raided by South Yorkshire Police
Cliff Richard, whose house was raided by South Yorkshire Police
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Cliff Richard is reportedly considering legal action against the BBC over its TV coverage of the police raid on his home.

It is understood that the pop star plans sue the broadcaster for breach of privacy, if he is not charged over an allegation of historic sexual abuse. He is also said to be considering legal action against South Yorkshire Police.

The singer’s Berkshire home was searched in August by police investigating an allegation that Sir Cliff sexually assaulted a young boy in 1985.

South Yorkshire Police allowed the BBC to broadcast searches of his home live on television.

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

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

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman, said: “While we believe our actions in relation to dealing with the media were within policy and were well intended they were ultimately flawed and we regret the additional anxiety which was caused to Sir Cliff Richard.”