Cliff Richard 'not charged or arrested' after police interview

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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Cliff Richard 'voluntarily met with police'

Sir Cliff Richard was today interviewed by detectives investigating a sex crime claim involving a young boy, his spokesman has said.

Today Sir Cliff Richard voluntarily met with and was interviewed by members of South Yorkshire Police. He was not arrested or charged. He co-operated fully with officers and answered the questions put to him. Other than restating that this allegation is completely false and that he will continue to co-operate fully with the police, it would not be appropriate for Sir Cliff to say anything further at this time.

– Sir Cliff Richard's spokesperson

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Police 'reluctantly agreed' to give BBC notice of raid

Chief constable David Crompton says South Yorkshire Police was approached by a BBC journalist with detailed information about its investigation into Cliff Richard.

It "reluctantly agreed" to give the reporter notice of the day officers planned to search the property to dissuade them from publishing details in advance and protect the "integrity of the investigation". "It was not done in order to maximise publicity, contrary to some press reports," Mr Compton wrote in a letter to Keith Vaz.

Sir Cliff's Berkshire home was searched for five hours by police. Credit: Press Association

Mr Crompton said an article appeared on the BBC website on the afternoon of the raid that suggested there had been a deliberate attempt to "ensure maximum coverage" by the force.

"The force contacted the BBC but the corporation refused to withdraw or adapt the article," he said in the letter.

"This appeared to be an attempt by the BBC to distance itself from what had taken place and cover up the fact that it had initiated contact with the force about the story. "This was misleading and was known by the BBC to be inaccurate."

BBC accused of a 'cover up' over Cliff home search

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

South Yorkshire police chief constable David Crompton claimed the corporation appeared to "distance itself from what had happened" after it broadcast the raid on the singer's Berkshire home.

Mr Crompton said the BBC's misleading and inaccurate portrayal of its involvement in what happened led to the force making a formal complaint.

MPs' to quiz BBC and police' over Cliff Richard search

The BBC and South Yorkshire Police have been summoned to appear before MPs to explain how the broadcaster knew Sir Cliff Richard's home was to be searched, the BBC reported.

Home Affairs Select Committee chairman Keith Vaz gave both institutions a deadline of today at midday to reply to his letters.

Sir Cliff Richard pictured at Wimbledon in July. Credit: PA Wire

It comes after the singer's Berkshire apartment was searched by police as part of investigations into an alleged sexual offence which took place during the 80s - allegations Sir Cliff has vehemently denied.

BBC chief refuses to reveal source of Cliff Richard info

The BBC Director General Tony Hall has said he will not reveal how the BBC learned about a police warrant to search Sir Cliff Richard's home in advance.

In his letter to Home Affairs Select Committee chairman Keith Vaz, he said the anonymity of sources was "a key principle for all journalism" and "for that reason the BBC will not be providing details about the source".

He added that the BBC was an independent organisation and that he would not "elaborate on detail of our editorial processes".

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BBC 'acted appropriately' over Cliff Richard coverage

The singer's Berkshire home was searched for five hours following sexual assault allegations. Credit: PA

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

The raid on the pop star's penthouse caused controversy when the corporation broke news of the search, with a film crew reportedly arriving on the scene before the police.

In a letter to Home Affairs Select Committee chairman Keith Vaz MP, Mr Hall said: "I believe that BBC journalists have acted appropriately in pursuing this story. As you rightly say, the media has a right to report on matters of public interest.

"Sir Cliff Richard is one of the most successful British entertainers of all time and has been a prominent public figure for several decades. Investigations into historic sex abuse cases have - and will continue to have - a profound impact on the lives of well-known individuals and the standing of public institutions.

"The disclosure of a sex abuse allegation against Sir Cliff Richard and the police search of his property was clearly a significant story and the BBC was not alone in providing extensive coverage."

Sir Cliff song 'I Still Believe in You' set to enter top 40

Fans of Sir Cliff Richard have been showing their support for the singer this week - with a push to put the veteran singer back in the charts.

Sir Cliff's 1992 hit I Still Believe in You - which reached number seven the first time round - has been flying off the shelves, and according to the midweek charts is now less than 500 copies off the Top 40.

Sir Cliff is set to make a comeback to the charts thanks to supportive fans Credit: PA

It comes after the singer's Berkshire apartment was searched by police as part of investigations into claims he sexually assaulted a young boy at a religious rally in 1985.

He has vehemently denied the allegations.

Cilla Black is 'absolutely positive' Sir Cliff is innocent

Cilla Black has said she is "absolutely positive" her close friend of more than 40 years Sir Cliff Richard is innocent over allegations he sexually abused an underage boy in the Eighties.

The close friends pictured together in 2004. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Archive

In a statement seen by the Daily Mail Cilla said: "Cliff is a very close friend of mine and has been for a million years.

"I, like everyone else, was shocked to hear of these allegations and I am absolutely positive that they are without foundation."

Sir Cliff's Berkshire home was raided by police last week while he was on holiday in Portugal.

He is believed to be returning to the UK shortly and has said he will fully co-operate with police.

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