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Sir Cliff Richard plans to sue BBC for live broadcast of house raid

Sir Cliff Richard plans to sue the BBC and South Yorkshire Police in a £1m lawsuit over the live broadcast of a raid on his home, it has been revealed.

Sir Cliff Richard

In August 2014 the South Yorkshire Police admitted it "worked with" the BBC before searching the singer’s home over an allegation of child abuse.

At the time it said: "Since the search took place a number of people have contacted the police to provide information and we must acknowledge that the media played a part in that, for which we are grateful.”

However, the investigation was later dropped.

Lawyers Kingsley Napley have since sent letters to the BBC and the force, signed by Richard, to inform that he intends to sue for “misuse of private information” after they “unlawfully colluded” to invade his home.

He is seeking more than £1m in damages and costs.

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