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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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74% believe sex crime suspects should stay anonymous

Almost three-quarters (74%) of people surveyed by ITV News believe that people accused of sexual assault should be given anonymity until proven guilty.

It comes after a succession of veteran celebrities have faced accusations, and in some cases convictions, for sexual crimes dating back many years.

Former Deputy Commons Speaker Nigel Evans, who was acquitted of sexual assault charges earlier this year, has called for anonymity of individuals involved in police investigations unless they are convicted.

The ITV News/ComRes Index also found that almost two-thirds (64%) of respondents believe investigations into historical cases of sexual assault by celebrities should continue until they have all come to light.

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