Sir Cliff Richard discusses setting up victim support group after South Yorkshire Police probe

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Sir Cliff Richard is considering setting up a victim support group for those wrongly accused of sexual assault.

The 75-year-old entertainer met radio DJ Paul Gambaccini and Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans, at the weekend to discuss their experiences after all three were named when allegations of sex crimes were made against them.

Sir Cliff was named when officers from South Yorkshire Police raided his Berkshire home while the BBC broadcast live from the scene.

The raid in 2014 came after he was accused of an historic sex offence at a Christian rally in Sheffield in the 1980s.

Sir Cliff, who always maintained his innocence, was informed last month that he is not to face any charges.

DJ Paul Gambaccini was investigated in 2013 over allegations of historic sexual offences, but was also never prosecuted despite being named while the police probe was underway

And MP Nigel Evans, who was found not guilty of nine sexual offences, following a five-week trial in 2014, was named after his arrest.

The three men met to discuss plans to set up a victim support group and to campaign for anonymity for sexual assault defendants before they are charged.

Mr Evans posted a photograph of the three men on Facebook following their meeting.

He said: "The three of us have gone through this torture, and we have come through it and we now want to do some good.

"I think a lot of people do understand, but not fully. You have to go through the torture, you have to go through the fire, in order to know exactly how the burns and scars are earned."