Cliff Richard wins privacy case against BBC over police raid of home

18 July, 2018, 21:52 | Author: Dominic Spencer
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Singer Cliff Richard has won his High Court privacy case against the BBC over its coverage of a police raid on his home.

High Court judge Justice Anthony Mann said the BBC had infringed Sir Cliff's privacy rights "without a legal justification" and in a "serious" and "sensationalist" way.

The BBC said journalists acted in good faith and it is considering an appeal.

He has been awarded £210,000 in damages, but a judge ruled that he is entitled to further sums to be decided at a later date.

The broadcaster used helicopters to film detectives searching the home of Richard, 77, one of Britain's best known entertainers, when he was away on holiday in August 2014 as part of an investigation into allegations of historical child sex offences.

POLICE: Absconded prisoner from Doncaster still on the runSir Cliff was also named despite never being arrested or charged over the allegation. I don't know how they are going to do it, but they'll have to. If heads roll then maybe it's because it was deserved.It's too big a decision to be made badly.

Lawyer Emma Woollcott with the firm Mishcon de Reya said the judgment "vindicates" Richard's view that the BBC's reporting was intrusive.

"It means police investigations, and searches of people's homes, could go unreported and unscrutinized".


The BBC disputes his claims.

Gloria explained 20 of Sir Cliff's fans had arrived early and sat in the court. It even submitted its story for a journalism award.

Sir Cliff had initially sued the BBC and South Yorkshire Police.

He awarded Sir Cliff £190,000 damages and an extra £20,000 in aggravated damages after the BBC submitted its coverage of the raid for an award.

Before the High Court trial, South Yorkshire Police agreed to pay Richard 400,000 pounds for its handling of the incident.

Today's judgement is very significant. The simple naming of Sir Cliff as a suspect in the police investigation amounted to a breach of his privacy.

That is why the BBC is broadening this out and saying, in effect, this is a dark day for news reporting.

Gloria said Sir Cliff had "lost weight" during the court battle and "hadn't been able to stop talking about it".

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