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UK News Sir Cliff Richard arrives to give evidence against BBC in High Court

16:50  13 april  2018
16:50  13 april  2018 Source:   pressassociation.com

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Sir Cliff Richard arrives with Gloria Hunniford at the Rolls Building in London, to give evidence in a legal battle against the BBC (Dominic Lipinski/PA) © Provided by The Press Association Sir Cliff Richard arrives with Gloria Hunniford at the Rolls Building in London, to give evidence in a legal battle against the BBC (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Sir Cliff Richard has arrived at the High Court ahead of giving evidence in his case against the BBC.

The 77-year-old singer claims coverage of a police raid on his home following an allegation of sexual assault was a “very serious invasion” of his privacy.

Sir Cliff Richard arrives with Gloria Hunniford at the Rolls Building in London, to give evidence in a legal battle against the BBC. © Press Association Sir Cliff Richard arrives with Gloria Hunniford at the Rolls Building in London, to give evidence in a legal battle against the BBC. He is suing the BBC for “substantial damages” and the trial, being heard by Mr Justice Mann, started on Thursday.

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Police gave the BBC a ‘running commentary’ including telling their reporter the exact moment they were entering Sir Cliff Richard 's home so they could film the raid. In a series of text messages, contained in court documents

The BBC "acted appropriately" in covering the police search of Sir Cliff Richard 's home, the corporation 's director general Tony Hall says. Asking for a reply by midday on Friday, he said he may ask both men to give evidence in person to his committee when Parliament returns from recess

BBC bosses dispute his claims.

A barrister leading Sir Cliff’s legal team told Mr Justice Mann on Thursday that BBC coverage of the search at the singer’s apartment in Sunningdale, Berkshire, in August had a “prolonged impact” on the star.

Sir Cliff Richard (right) leaves the Rolls Building in London, where a High Court judge has been hearing evidence in a legal battle between Sir Cliff and the BBC. © Press Association Sir Cliff Richard (right) leaves the Rolls Building in London, where a High Court judge has been hearing evidence in a legal battle between Sir Cliff and the BBC. He said the singer should get compensation at the “very top end of the scale”.

The BBC says its coverage of the police raid on Sir Cliff Richard’s apartment was accurate and in good faith.

Lawyers representing BBC bosses told Mr Justice Mann that the raid was a “matter of legitimate public interest”.

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WITNESSES have told ­police Sir Cliff Richard is innocent – and they say they will give ­ evidence to support him. The news will be a boost to Sir Cliff . He is at his Portuguese home and only found out that his UK pad was being raided when the BBC broke the story.

Sir Cliff Richard won an apology and substantial damages from police yesterday for their part in BBC reports naming him as a suspected child sex offender. Lawyers told High Court judge Mr Justice Mann that the singer, 76, and force chiefs had settled their long-running legal dispute.

BBC Head of Newsgathering Jonathan Munro arrives at the Rolls Building in London, during Sir Cliff Richard's legal battle against the BBC. © Press Association BBC Head of Newsgathering Jonathan Munro arrives at the Rolls Building in London, during Sir Cliff Richard's legal battle against the BBC. Metropolitan Police officers passed the allegation to South Yorkshire Police in July 2014.

Sir Cliff denied the allegation and in June 2016 prosecutors announced that he would face no charges.

A BBC spokesman has said the BBC reported Sir Cliff’s “full denial of the allegations at every stage”.

Lawyers representing South Yorkshire Police are expected to outline their case on Friday, following which Sir Cliff is due to give evidence.

The trial is due to last 10 days.

BBC reporter did not reveal Sir Cliff raid-Yewtree connection, court told .
The BBC contends there was a ‘legitimate public interest’ in its coverage and is vigorously defending the case. The court previously heard reporter Dan Johnson met with a South Yorkshire Police detective and the force’s head of communications after receiving a “tip-off” from another source that Sir Cliff was being investigated over an allegation of sexual assault.During cross examination on Monday Declan Wilson, the BBC’s north of England bureau editor at the time, said Mr Johnson gave him some information about his confidential source.

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