Judge to give ruling over BBC coverage of South Yorkshire Police raid on Sir Cliff Richard's home

A judge is due to deliver a ruling today over the BBC's coverage of a South Yorkshire Police raid on Sir Cliff Richard's home.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 18th July 2018, 8:01 am
Updated Wednesday, 18th July 2018, 8:07 am
Sir Cliff Richard
Sir Cliff Richard

Sir Cliff took legal action against BBC bosses over coverage of a police raid on his home in Sunningdale, Berkshire, in August 2014, following an allegation that he sexually assaulted a teenage boy in Sheffield in the 1980s.

APPEAL: Police concerned for safety of man last seen on M1 slip road in South YorkshireThe 77-year-old singer is seeking damages at the 'top end' of the scale after the BBC broadcast the police raid live, with some of the footage filmed from a helicopter.

POLICE: Absconded prisoner from Doncaster still on the runSir Cliff was also named despite never being arrested or charged over the allegation.

COURT: Doncaster man jailed for attacking woman with baseball bat while her young son slept upstairsHe claimed the coverage was a 'very serious invasion' of his privacy but the BBC disputes his claim and insists the coverage was accurate and in good faith.

Mr Justice Mann heard that in 2013 a man made an allegation to the Metropolitan Police, claiming he had been sexually assaulted by Sir Cliff during an Christian concert at Sheffield United's Bramall Lane football stadium in 1985, when he was a child.

Metropolitan Police officers passed the allegation to South Yorkshire Police in July 2014 and an investigation was launched.

Sir Cliff has always denied the allegation and in June 2016 prosecutors announced that he would face no charges.

A BBC spokesman has said the broadcaster reported Sir Cliff's 'full denial of the allegations at every stage'.

South Yorkshire Police paid Sir Cliff £400,000 in an out-of-court settlement for their role in the coverage, after the force tipped off the BBC about the raid.