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BBC 'made it clear' Cliff leak came from 'Op Yewtree'

Keith Vaz MP
Head of the Home Affairs Select Committee Keith Vaz MP Credit: ITV News

BBC staff "made it clear" to South Yorkshire Police that the source of the leak into the investigation into Sir Cliff Richard came from within Operation Yewtree - Scotland Yard's investigation of sexual abuse allegations against disgraced presenter Jimmy Savile and others - chief Constable David Crompton has told MPs.

Speaking to the Home Affairs Select Committee, the police chief admitted he did not go to BBC senior management to ask them not to run the story - but added there were examples given during the Leveson inquiry into culture, practice and ethics of the press in which journalists had ignored such requests.

More:BBC says it will not name sources in Sir Cliff row


Yorkshire Police deny wrongdoing in Sir Cliff search

One of the police forces which searched Sir Cliff Richard's home denied they acted in a way designed to "ensure maximum coverage" of their investigation.

David Crompton
David Crompton will appear in front of the Home Affairs select committee later today. Credit: PA

South Yorkshire Police chief David Crompton said the force was approached by a BBC journalist with detailed information about its investigation, and "reluctantly" the reporter was give notice of the planned search to dissuade the corporation from publishing details in advance.

He objected to an analysis piece published on the BBC website that he felt suggested there had been a deliberate attempt to "ensure maximum coverage" by the force, and accused the broadcaster of trying to "distance itself" from the fact it had initiated contact with them.

Thames Valley Police said it had no contact with the media before the search warrant was executed.

BBC News' head of newsgathering Jonathan Munro said information about an inquiries into Sir Cliff did not come from South Yorkshire Police, while the force said it had decided to work with the broadcaster to protect its investigation.



Police: BBC coverage of raid 'disproportionate'

The BBC coverage of the police raid on Sir Cliff Richard's penthouse apartment was "disproportionate" the chief constable of South Yorkshire Police has said.

"The coverage was disproportionate and made our actions look heavy-handed and intrusive. I do regret that," David Crompton told the Home Affairs Select Committee.

The BBC has already confirmed that the leak about the inquiry did not come from South Yorkshire Police.

South Yorkshire Police has already complained to the BBC about its coverage of the search of Sir Cliff's Berkshire penthouse last month, claiming that an analysis piece posted on the broadcaster's website was an attempt to distance itself from what had happened.

More: BBC pressure put police in 'very difficult position'


BBC pressure put police in 'very difficult position'

Chief constable of South Yorkshire Police David Crompton
Chief constable of South Yorkshire Police David Crompton Credit: ITV News

Chief constable of South Yorkshire Police David Crompton has said that pressure from the BBC put his force in a "very difficult position" ahead of their investigation into Sir Cliff Richard.

My concern was that if we showed the BBC the door, the very clear impression which had been left with my staff in the media department was that they were likely to publish the story. That would have impeded our investigation.

I'm confident that we made the right decision in difficult and unusual circumstances.

– Chief Constable David Crompton

Chairman of the committee Keith Vaz MP put it to the senior officer that the broadcaster had blackmailed him, but Mr Crompton replied: "Blackmail is a very strong word. It put us in a very difficult position."

Mr Crompton also told the home affairs committee that he felt the BBC "over-egged the pudding" in their coverage of the police raid on Sir Cliff Richard's home.

More: Police 'reluctantly agreed' to give BBC notice of raid

Shaun Wright to face vote of no confidence

Council officials at Sheffield City Council have confirmed that Shaun Wright, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, will face a vote of no confidence at tomorrow’s Full Council meeting.

The no confidence vote was first suggested by local Liberal Democrats last week following the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham.

Shaun Wright was Rotherham’s Cabinet Member for Children's Services between 2005 and 2010 and was also vice-Chair of the South Yorkshire Police Authority, prior to becoming PCC.

Despite the damning findings documented by the inquiry report, Shaun Wright has refused to resign from his post.

If this vote goes through tomorrow, I do not see how Shaun Wright can remain in post. His position will be untenable.

– Cllr Colin Ross, Leader of the Lib Dem Group on Sheffield City Council



Man with 94,000+ indecent images of children jailed

A 40-year-old man from Nottingham has been jailed for 18 months for making and possessing indecent images of children.

Ntinos Mikellides, of Carlton Heights, who was training to be a primary school teacher, pleaded guilty to nine offences of making indecent photographs and films of children, and three counts of possessing indecent photographs of children.

Ntinos Mikellides
Ntinos Mikellides Credit: Lincolnshire Police

When police entered Mikellides' home in Mill Lane, Lincoln, they found him in his bedroom with a computer that was downloading indecent images of children at the time.

Investigators seized and examined Mikellides’ hard drive and found a total of 94,438 indecent images of children had been accessible. The images had been categorised by the names of children, their nationalities, and their activities.

The offences took place in Lincoln.

I am incredibly pleased with the sentence handed to Mikellides, which reflects the seriousness of his crimes.

The amount and range of images he had on his computer and available to him was both horrifying and astounding. He claimed in interview that he essentially stumbled across these sites while looking for sexually explicit content but it was clear from his continued use of them that he got sexual gratification from them.

– DS Vicky Midgeley, of Lincolnshire Police’s Internet Child Abuse Team

Tour de France eggs raise cash for air ambulance

An egg company has raised more than £2,000 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance by selling limited-edition boxes during the Tour de France.

Eggs have raised thousands for YAA Credit: File photo

James Potter Yorkshire Eggs donated 5p from the sale of each six-egg pack, raising £2,760 for the emergency response charity.

YAA had the busiest weekend in its history when the Tour de France passed through Yorkshire, attending 31 incidents between July 4 and 6.

Adrian Potter, director of James Potter Eggs, said:

"The pack was the biggest-selling product during July.

"The Tour de France was brilliant for the county and for us and we were delighted to be able to give more to the region's air ambulance service which does such a fantastic job all year round."

James Potter Eggs began fundraising for YAA two years ago by donating 1p to the charity for every dozen eggs sold.

The firm, based at Catton near the YAA base at RAF Topcliffe, has since donated more than £24,000 to the charity.

The Potter family are fantastic supporters of the charity. The donation of a penny per dozen eggs sold has created a hugely valuable regular income stream for the charity of on average £900 a month.

The special Tour de France pack generated more than £2,000 extra for us during July and we cannot thank this brilliant family and company enough."

– Tony Doveston, North Yorkshire fundraising manager at YAA

Headteacher: Isaac's family have shown 'great strength and dignity'

The headteacher of Kirkburton Middle School has described a 12-year-old boy who was swept out to sea in Wales as a talented child who was "always smiling, with a real sense of fun."

Isaac Nash, whose body has not yet been found, would have started Year 8 at the school tomorrow.

He got into trouble in the water off Anglesey, while on holiday with his family.

Gary Johnson says the school are planning a special assembly and will be speaking to the pupils about how to cope with what has happened.

He also praised the strength of Isaac's family:

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