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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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BBC says it will not name sources in Sir Cliff row

The BBC has said it "does not name its sources nor is it appropriate to go into detail around editorial processes" regarding the Sir Cliff Richard raid leak.

In response to a letter from Home Affairs Select Committee chair Keith Vaz demanding answers from the broadcaster, a BBC spokesperson said: "We have received the letter and will respond in due course.

"Mr Vaz understands and supports the right of the media to report matters in the public interest.

"The BBC's editorial independence is protected by our Royal Charter and is highly valued by the public. The BBC does not name its sources nor is it appropriate to go into detail around editorial processes."

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