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Sir Cliff lawyers: BBC 'caused very serious harm'

A letter from lawyers acting for Cliff Richard sent to the chair of the Home Affairs Select Committe said:

Leaving aside the actions of the police, the actions of the BBC have also caused very serious harm to our client at a time when he had not been interviewed by the police, or of course arrested or charged.

Against this backdrop, we believe that it would be inappropriate to hold that the BBC has "behaved perfectly properly", as suggested at the hearing of 2 September.

As stated in our letter of 1 September 2014 we do not feel it appropriate to say more whilst there is a live investigation ongoing, but felt that it would be wrong not to place on record at this stage our concern regarding the BBC, whose coverage has led to immeasurable harm to our client and was both premature and disproportionate.

– Lawyers for Sir Cliff Richard
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South Yorkshire Police 'actions well intended but ultimately flawed'

Responding to the findings of The Home Affairs Committee, South Yorkshire Police said it believed its actions were "within policy and well intended" but admitted they were "ultimately flawed" with regard the handing of a raid on Sir Cliff Richard's home in August.

Whilst we believe our actions were within policy and were well intended, they were ultimately flawed and we regret the additional anxiety which was caused to Sir Cliff Richard.

South Yorkshire Police has changed the way it deals with this type of media enquiry. In high profile cases the force no longer provides privileged briefings to reporters, nor does it confirm information which media sources seek to verify.

We are fully cooperating with the Metropolitan Police investigation regarding the original source of information.

– South Yorkshire Police

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Sir Cliff 'suffered irreparable damage to reputation'

Sir Cliff Richard has suffered ‘enormous, irreparable damage to his reputation’ as a result of the BBC broadcasting live coverage of a police raid on his home, MPs have said.

The Home Affairs Select Committee has called South Yorkshire Police's handling of the raid, broadcast live on the BBC in August, as "inept".

Committee chairman Keith Vaz said: "No British citizen should have to watch their home being raided by the police live on television.

"Sir Cliff Richard has suffered enormous and irreparable damage to his reputation and he is owed an apology over the way matters were handled."

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Vaz: Emails 'could be mistaken for script from The Bill'

Home Affairs Committee Chairman Keith Vaz said email exchanges between the BBC and South Yorkshire Police 'could be mistaken for a script from The Bill'.

Mr Vaz said: "South Yorkshire Police's handling of this situation was utterly inept. The force allowed itself to hand over sensitive information to a journalist and granted him privileged access to the execution of a search warrant.

"The email exchanges could easily be mistaken for a script from The Bill. The force should have refused to co-operate and explained to senior BBC News executives why the premature broadcasting of a story, which they claimed the journalist threatened, would have prejudiced the investigation."

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South Yorkshire Police 'inept' over Sir Cliff home raid

South Yorkshire Police have been branded 'inept' in their handling of a raid on Sir Cliff Richard's home Credit: PA Wire

South Yorkshire Police has been branded "inept" by MPs for its handling of a raid, broadcast live on the BBC, on the home of Sir Cliff Richard.

The raid on the pop singer's home in Berkshire was broadcast live on the BBC in August after the broadcaster was tipped off in advance.

The chief constable of South Yorkshire Police told MPs the force was convinced the BBC would run a story about the investigation without a deal so felt it had no option but to work with the broadcaster.

In a report published today, The Home Affairs Select Committee said that, when the corporation’s reporter "threatened to break the story prematurely unless he was given inside access to the raid on Sir Cliff’s home, South Yorkshire Police should not have tried to cut a deal with him".

The MPs concluded that the force should have approached senior BBC executives to explain the damage that such premature disclosure could do to the investigation.

"In the absence of any such approach from South Yorkshire, the BBC was well within its rights to run the story, although as a result Sir Cliff himself has suffered enormous, irreparable damage to his reputation", the MPs said.

Sir Cliff, who was on holiday at the time of the raid, has denied any wrongdoing over the allegations, which date back to the 1980s and involve an underage boy. He has been interviewed under caution by police, but neither arrested nor charged

Chatting to the stars - but who was over the moon?

Stars of the music industry hit the red carpet last night for the MOBOs. Now celebrating their 19th year, the MOBOs represent the best in music of black origin. Last night's ceremony saw the spotlight on up and coming talent in the South. The girl group M.O, with singer Nadine Samuels from Aylesbury, were in the running for best newcomer - and chatted to Asana Greenstreet on the red carpet about how important the MOBOs are to them.

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Alvin Stardust, Sussex star of 70s, dies from cancer

Alvin Stardust at the peak of his career Credit: PA

Sussex singer and actor Alvin Stardust, died this morning aged 72 after a short illness, his manager said. Alvin, from Billingshurst, had recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He died at home with his wife and family around him.

Alvin Stardust had a rich and varied career in both music and, latterly, acting and musical theatre. The singer - real name Bernard Jewry - started out in the music business in the 1960s but became a huge star on the back of the 1970s glam rock craze scoring hits with tracks including My Coo Ca Choo and Jealous Mind.

Video of My Coo Ca Choo, courtesy Rhino Records.

World record set in Hayling Island

Kitesurfing off Hayling Island Credit: Virgin kitesurfing armada

Hundreds of kitesurfers have taken to the water at Hayling Island. A new Guinness World Records was set for the largest parade of paddle boarders. 256 paddle boarders travelled down a similar course with an official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS adjudicator on hand to approve the record. The Kitesurfing Armada attracted world champions, pro-kitesurfers, a double Olympic medallist and novice kitesurfers, with ages ranging from as young as 11 years through to 73 years. The beach was awash with spectators to support the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title attempt.

Hundreds gather to watch Credit: Virgin Kitesurfing Armada

Director of the Kitesurfing Armada Dan Charlish said, "We have been overwhelmed by the positivity and enthusiasm of everyone who got involved. Despite a challenging wind forecast hundreds of kitesurfers came to support the event. The Armada looked amazing as hundreds of kites filled the sky".

The event has grown significantly since its launch last year, becoming a weekend festival which included live music, a big screen, local and international kite brands exhibiting gear and talks from kite pros and industry experts.

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ITV News Meridian on set of The Great Fire

It's one of the most anticipated dramas of the year, and tomorrow night the story of the Great Fire of London will begin on ITV. Written by ITV News Correspondent Tom Bradby it features a mix of what really happened in 1666 - as well as a bit of modern day political agenda - and of course a love story. Divya Kohli got exclusive access to the incredible set.

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