Cliff Richard wins apology over raid leak

Published Wednesday, 03 September 2014
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Sir Cliff Richard has won an apology from a police chief after officials admitted leaking news of a raid on his home.

Cliff Richard wins apology over raid leak

The Living Doll star hit headlines last month when officers swooped on his home in Berkshire, England as part of an investigation into an allegation of sexual abuse on a boy under the age of 16 dating back to the 1980s.

The news was first reported by the BBC, and police officials later admitted they had tipped off journalists at the corporation ahead of the raid.

David Crompton, chief constable of South Yorkshire Police, testified about the incident before a House Commons select committee on Tuesday and he offered an apology to the star, saying: "We had a job to do but I do apologise to Sir Cliff if we were insensitive about the way that we did that.

"We had a job to do, and we have an investigation. The problem is that investigation could never be done in a low-profile way because it was fatally compromised from the outset... We were placed in a very difficult position because of the original leak and the BBC came to us knowing everything that we knew, as far as the investigation... I'm confident that we made the right decision in difficult and unusual circumstances."

Richard vehemently denies the allegation which sparked the police probe.

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