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Cliff Richard case: BBC and police face parliamentary inquiry into coverage

‘The BBC director general, Tony Hall, and South Yorkshire police are facing a parliamentary inquiry over the leaking of highly sensitive information about the investigation of Sir Cliff Richard as an independent inquiry into the affair was announced.

Hall and David Crompton, the South Yorkshire chief constable, were told on Monday to be ready to give evidence to MPs over the force’s handling of the inquiry into historical child abuse allegations.

Keith Vaz, the Commons home affairs committee chairman, wrote to the pair demanding answers, adding that he was “concerned by the methods or process” followed by the corporation over its live coverage of the police search.

The BBC has been accused of leading a witch-hunt against the 72-year-old singer after it was apparently tipped off about the timing of the police raid on Richard’s £3.5m Berkshire residence last Thursday. Richard, who remains on holiday in Portugal, has vehemently denied any wrongdoing over an allegation of sexual abuse on a boy under 16 at a Christian rally in Sheffield in 1985.’

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