Sir Cliff set to sue BBC over ‘immeasurable harm’ of police raid coverage
SIR Cliff Richard may sue the BBC over its TV coverage of the police raid on his home, it has been revealed.
Published: Sun, November 23, 2014
BBC outside Sir Cliff’s home during the raid last August
The BBC was first to reveal a raid on Sir Cliff’s £3.5million flat in Sunninghill, Berkshire, in August. The corporation faced criticism from lawyers and politicians after reporters broadcast live from the scene and a BBC helicopter hovered overhead as officers searched the property for five hours.
We were placed in a very difficult position because of the original leak and the BBC came to us knowing everything we knew
Chief Constable David Crompton told the Home Affairs Select Committee in September his colleagues in the media office were convinced the broadcaster would run a story about the investigation without some kind of deal.
He said: “We were placed in a very difficult position because of the original leak and the BBC came to us knowing everything we knew, as far as the investigation was concerned. My concern was that if we showed the BBC the door, the very clear impression was that they were likely to publish the story.”