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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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Sir Cliff Richard letter to Select Committee published

Credit: Home Affairs Select Committee

Sir Cliff Richard was not aware of the police plans to raid his Berkshire home, solicitors acting on his behalf have said.

In a letter to the Home Affairs Select Committee, law firm Micheal Simkins LLP said that Sir Cliff was not informed by the police in advance of the search or contacted by any media organisation.

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