BBC and police grilled by MPs over Cliff Richard home raid

The chief constable of South Yorkshire Police has apologised to pop star Sir Cliff Richard if the force was "insensitive" about the search of his home.

David Crompton told the Home Affairs Select Committee that his inquiry had been "fatally compromised" by a claimed leak of information from Scotland Yard to the BBC, leading his force to make a deal with the broadcaster.

Sir Cliff's penthouse was searched by officers from both South Yorkshire and Thames Valley Police last month in connection with an alleged sexual assault on a young boy in 1985.

The pop star was questioned by police, but has not been charged or arrested.

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BBC and Police face MPs over Cliff Richard coverage

The head of the BBC and South Yorkshire Police force will face an influential group of MPs as they answer questions about their involvement in the coverage of a raid on Sir Cliff Richard's home.

Sir Cliff Richard was on holiday in Portugal when his home was searched by police. Credit: PA

Force head David Crompton and director general Lord Tony Hall will appear in front of the Home Affairs select committee to answer questions about a row over the way the BBC reported a police search on the pop star's home.

Sir Cliff's Berkshire penthouse was searched by officers from both South Yorkshire and Thames Valley Police last month in connection with an alleged sexual assault on a young boy in 1985.

A BBC camera crew allegedly arrived before the police did.

The pop star was questioned by police, but has not been charged or arrested. He denies the allegations of historical abuse.

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