Dispute between Cliff Richard and BBC over South Yorkshire Police raid reaches final stage

Sir Cliff Richard
Sir Cliff Richard

Lawyers are preparing for the final stage of a High Court dispute between Sir Cliff Richard and the BBC over its coverage of a South Yorkshire Police raid on the singer's home.

Sir Cliff is suing the BBC for a breach of privacy over the raid in August 2014 and is calling for damages at the 'top end' of the scale.

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South Yorkshire Police searched the 77-year-old's home in Sunningdale Berkshire, as part of an investigation into an allegation that he sexually assaulted a teenage boy at a Christian concert in Sheffield in the mid 1980s.

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Sir Cliff disputed the claim and was never charged.

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The BBC was tipped off about the raid by South Yorkshire Police and filmed it live.

A helicopter also captured the police activity from the air and Sir Cliff was named.

South Yorkshire Police paid Sir Cliff £400,000 in an out-of-court settlement but the BBC has defended its actions.

Mr Justice Mann, who is overseeing the case, is due to start considering barristers' closing legal arguments today.

Sir Cliff is not expected to be at the hearing.