South Yorkshire Police chief to face MPs next month over Cliff Richard raid

South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable David Crompton
South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable David Crompton
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South Yorkshire Police chief David Crompton will appear before MPs next month after being summoned along with BBC director general Tony Hall over the raid on Cliff Richard’s home.

The singer’s Berkshire apartment was searched by officers from South Yorkshire and Thames Valley police last week as part of an investigation into an alleged sexual assault on a young boy at a religious event in 1985.

Sir Cliff, who was in Portugal when the search took place, has denied any wrongdoing.

David Crompton and Tony Hall will face a grilling by the Home Affairs Select Committee over the affair on September 2, after Parliament returns from recess.

Police and crime commissioner for South Yorkshire Shaun Wright has launched an independent review of what happened after the BBC was given prior warning of a raid on the star’s home and already had cameras ready to film when the raid took place on August 14.

Sir Cliff has pulled out of a visit to the US Open tennis championships, but a spokesman for the star denied there were any ‘legal obstacles’ preventing him from travelling.

Some reports have speculated the singer could be barred from travelling to the United States which has strict entry rules for people who have been arrested or cautioned by police.

But a spokesman for the veteran star, who has not been arrested and has yet to be questioned by police, said: “Sir Cliff decided a number of days ago not to attend this year’s US Open. It is a decision he made on his own accord. Contrary to some reports, there would be no legal obstacles to him entering the US.”

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said: “Chief Constable David Crompton has replied directly to the chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee the Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP.

“Out of respect to the Home Affairs Select Committee, it would be inappropriate to detail that response to the media.

“The Chief Constable will be required to give evidence before the Home Affairs Select Committee.

“Any further clarification that is necessary will be given at that hearing.”