Police chief hearing set

Natalie Brocklebank

Natalie Brocklebank

South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable David Crompton will appear before MPs next month after being summoned along with BBC director general Tony Hall over the raid on Cliff Richard’s home.

The singer’s Berkshire apartment was searched by officers from South Yorkshire Police on August 14 as part of an investigation into an alleged sexual assault on a young boy at a religious event in Sheffield in 1985.

Sir Cliff, who has not been arrested, has denied any wrongdoing.

David Crompton and Tony Hall will face a grilling by the Home Affairs Select Committee over the affair on September 2, after Parliament returns from recess.

Committee chairman Keith Vaz wrote to the BBC and police to ask how the news organisation knew about the search in advance.

He said: “These are serious matters which deal with the sensitive issue of how the police conduct their investigations.”

A police spokesman said: “South Yorkshire Police’s Chief Constable, David Crompton, has replied directly to the chairman.

“Out of respect to the Home Affairs Select Committee, it would be inappropriate to detail that response to the media.

“Any further clarification that is necessary will be given at that hearing.”


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