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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.

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.

Leaders demand Channel 4 drop Southampton documentary

Leaders in Southampton have joined representatives of local residents in writing to Channel 4 - urging the broadcaster to reconsider showing ‘Immigration Street’. The controversial follow up to last year’s ‘Benefits Street’ programme is centred on the Derby Road area of the city.

The open letter, addressed to Nick Mirsky - Channel 4's Head of Documentaries, expresses concerns about the impact of the program on local community cohesion, the city's reputation and the wellbeing of residents.

“Whilst we respect and support the media’s freedom of expression and value its importance in an open society, we are clear that the greater public interest will be served by not screening this programme. We whole heartedly support the majority of the local community in its opposition to the making of it. Therefore we call upon Channel 4 and Love Productions to show their integrity by abandoning the screening of this programme now and to leave local people to resume their lives without this unwanted, unwarranted and damaging intrusion.”

– The signatories

The letter is signed by representatives of Southampton Connect, as well as the Newtown Residents Association, the Leader ofSouthampton City Council, the council’s cabinet member for Communities, the local MP, the Police and Crime Commissioner, the head teacher of the local school, and local health organisations.

Open letter addressed to Channel 4 Credit: Southampton Connect

Bake Off star takes on zip wire for charity

Great British Bake Off star Martha Collison joined dozens of daredevils as she took on the ‘Final Furlong’ - an 800ft zip wire challenge at Ascot racecourse in aid of Victim Support.

Linda Darrall, Divisional Manager for Victim Support in Berkshire said: “It’s brilliant that so many locals took on the zip wire challenge. This was a great opportunity to get together, have fun and raise money and awareness for Victim Support."

Victim Support is an independent charity for victims and witnesses of crime in England and Wales. The charity is celebrating its 40th anniversary during 2014.

Credit: Victim Support
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