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 trade blame over Sir Cliff coverage

The head of the BBC and the chief of South Yorkshire Police today pointed the finger at one another over coverage of a raid on Cliff Richard's home.

As ITV News' Juliet Bremner reports, the BBC had received a tip-off from the force about a raid on the singer's home - yet both sides' accounts of the lead-up differed greatly.

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