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Sir Cliff interviewed by South Yorkshire Police

Sir Cliff Richard has been interviewed by South Yorkshire Police, his spokesman has said today. He voluntarily met with officers and was not arrested or charged.

The BBC was accused of a "cover up" over its role in the police raid on Sir Cliff Richard's flat, following an allegation of sexual assault.

Director General Tony Hall said BBC journalists "acted appropriately" in their coverage of the police raid on Cliff Richard's flat following a sexual assault allegation.

Sir Cliff has strongly denied any wrongdoing, saying an allegation of an historic sexual assault is false.

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Commissioner demands independent review into Sir Cliff "leak"

South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has commissioned an independent review looking into how the search of Sir Cliff Richard's home last week became public.

Earlier today Shaun Wright met with Chief Constable David Crompton, after a row erupted when the BBC broke news of the search of the pop star's Berkshire penthouse. It followed an allegation of sexual assault.

He has appointed former Chief Constable Andy Trotter, who developed guidance on the relationship between the police and the media after the Leveson Inquiry.

On his website, the following statement has been released:

"The Commissioner is keen to ensure a full, fair and transparent analysis of actions taken and to determine if they were aligned with the College of Policing Guidance on Relationships with the Media relevant to such disclosure.

"He has therefore appointed former Chief Constable Andy Trotter, former chair of the national police Communications Advisory Group, who was instrumental in developing the guidance on behalf of the College, post-Leveson Inquiry.

"Following the acknowledgement by the BBC that South Yorkshire Police was not the original source of the leak, questions still need to be answered as to the actual source of the leak."

– Spokesman for the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner

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