Policing minister raises concerns over Sir Cliff raid

Sir Cliff Richard
Sir Cliff Richard

The South Yorkshire Police raid on Sir Cliff Richard’s home, which was televised live, ‘raises concerns about the lack of anonymity given to crime suspects,’ according to a Government minister.

Policing Minister Mike Penning said the raid also demonstrates that ‘unless all police officers operate to the highest standards of integrity, policing risks forfeiting public trust’.

He spoke out after the BBC was given advance notice of a raid on Sir Cliff’s Berkshire home after the performer was accused of abusing a teenage boy at a Christian concert in Sheffield in the 1980s.

Members of the Home Affairs Select Committee said the singer was owed an apology by South Yorkshire Police after it gave the BBC advance notice, leading to it being televised live.

Mr Penning said: “The Home Secretary has been clear that transparency and consistency should be at the heart of the criminal justice system. The naming of a suspect should be an operational decision taken on a case by case basis.”