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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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Vaz: Cliff Richard reporting 'handled inappropriately'

The way the BBC broke the news of a police search of Sir Cliff Richard's house was "handled inappropriately", the head of an influential group of MPs said.

Chair of the Home Affairs select committee said "a deal was done" which meant the BBC had "an exclusive position" about a criminal matter.

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