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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: Reporter 'gave no clue' about Sir Cliff source

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The BBC has said that its reporter Dan Johnson did not mention officers from Operation Yewtree, the Metropolitan Police or giving "any clue" as to the source of the original tip off, and had kept notes of his meeting with South Yorkshire Police before the raid.

The broadcaster's head of newsgathering Jonathan Munro was speaking to the Home Affairs Select Committee about their coverage of the raid on Sir Cliff Richard's home earlier this summer.

Mr Munro said: "Dan Johnson totally denies mentioning Yewtree by name or the Metropolitan Police force or indeed any other clue as to the identity of the source for the original story.

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