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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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Police: BBC coverage of raid 'disproportionate'

The BBC coverage of the police raid on Sir Cliff Richard's penthouse apartment was "disproportionate" the chief constable of South Yorkshire Police has said.

"The coverage was disproportionate and made our actions look heavy-handed and intrusive. I do regret that," David Crompton told the Home Affairs Select Committee.

The BBC has already confirmed that the leak about the inquiry did not come from South Yorkshire Police.

South Yorkshire Police has already complained to the BBC about its coverage of the search of Sir Cliff's Berkshire penthouse last month, claiming that an analysis piece posted on the broadcaster's website was an attempt to distance itself from what had happened.

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