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Sir Cliff Richard meets MPs and peers to demand a change in the law to ensure those accused of sex crimes are anonymous until they are charged  17:21, 17 October 2016 

 

  • Singer is lobbying for a change in the law at a meeting of MPs and peers
  • Sir Cliff was wrongly accused of abuse claims and spent months on bail
  • Lib Dem peer Brian Paddick is pushing the change of law inside Parliament

Cliff Richard today met privately MPs to warn them of the ‘devastating impact’ of being wrongly accused of sex crimes.

Speaking alongside broadcaster Paul Gambaccini, Sir Cliff backed a campaign for a change in the law to ensure people accused are anonymous until charged.  

Former police officer and Liberal Democrat peer Brian Paddick is pushing for the change in the law in Parliament.

Sir Cliff Richard, pictured right alongside Paul Gambaccini leaving at the Palace of Westminster today, is due to tell MPs and peers in a private meeting people accused of sex crimes should be anonymous until charge Sir Cliff Richard, pictured right alongside Paul Gambaccini leaving at the Palace of Westminster today, is due to tell MPs and peers in a private meeting people accused of sex crimes should be anonymous until charge 

Lady Brittan, the widow of Tory MP Leon Brittan who was investigated as part of a doomed Scotland Yard inquiry into claims of a Westminster paedophile ring, was also due to speak at the private meeting at the House of Lords this afternoon.

In March she was told that her late husband would have had no case to answer over the claims, and received an apology for the force’s failure to tell Lord Brittan before he died that he would face no further action over a separate claim.

Lord Paddick said: ‘Particularly in the wake of the Jimmy Savile revelations, most people are very well aware of the impact historical child abuse has had on the survivors of such offences, but the meeting is to give parliamentarians the opportunity to hear from those who have been affected by being falsely accused of such offences.

‘No matter who they are – whether they are a local school teacher whose arrest makes it into the local newspaper, or whether it’s somebody like Cliff Richard, who has never been arrested but the allegations against him were all over the BBC and the national media, clearly it can have a devastating effect both on the individual’s reputation and potentially on their careers.

‘The higher the public profile the more devastating the impact can be because of the weight of publicity that is given to it.’

Sir Cliff was the subject of a long-running South Yorkshire Police investigation, which centred on accusations dating between 1958 and 1983 made by four men.

Sir Cliff, seen leaving Parliament after his meeting today, wants a change to the law after he was wrongly accused and named by South Yorkshire Police
Sir Cliff, seen leaving Parliament after his meeting today, wants a change to the law after he was wrongly accused and named by South Yorkshire Police

A police raid on his Berkshire home was televised and he is suing the BBC and South Yorkshire Police over the live coverage of the swoop.

He was never arrested, and earlier this year prosecutors announced that no charges were to be brought as a result of the inquiry. Last month a review confirmed that the decision was correct.

The change to the law is being pursued in parliament by former police officer and Lib Dem peer Brian Paddick The change to the law is being pursued in parliament by former police officer and Lib Dem peer Brian Paddick 

Gambaccini was kept on police bail for 12 months after being arrested on suspicion of historical sex offences in 2013, before being told he would not be charged.

He described the Operation Yewtree investigation against him as a ‘witch-hunt’ that ate away at the idea of ‘innocent until proven guilty’.

The proposal to amend the Policing and Crime Bill would make it illegal for anyone to publicly name someone arrested on suspicion of a sex crime, unless they were charged.

Ahead of the meeting the End Violence Against Women Coalition wrote an open letter to Sir Cliff, Gambaccini and Nigel Evans, the former Commons deputy speaker who was cleared by a jury of sex offence allegations in 2014, urging them to abandon the campaign.

Co-directors of the campaign, Sarah Green and Rachel Krys, said: ‘We want more discussion of rape and justice, not less.

‘We want more openness and ever better practice by police and the courts in rape cases. We want the media to change the way it reports on rape.

‘We desperately need a huge increase in provision of specialist counselling and support services for survivors of sexual abuse.

In 2014, the police tipped off the BBC about a raid on Sir Cliff's home in Sunningdale. The broadcaster covered the raid - which uncovered no evidence - on television Sir Cliff is suing both the BBC and South Yorkshire Police over coverage of the raid, which involved the use of a helicopter to get TV footage 

In 2014, the police tipped off the BBC about a raid on Sir Cliff’s home in Sunningdale. The broadcaster covered the raid – which uncovered no evidence – on television.

Sir Cliff is suing both the BBC and South Yorkshire Police over coverage of the raid, which involved the use of a helicopter to get TV footage 

‘And in the long term, we don’t want anonymity for defendants because we don’t want it for those who allege rape either – because one day we will have eradicated the shame of being raped, and made this offence one which can be openly tested in court like all others.’ 

Lord Paddick maintains that more survivors are encouraged to come forward after a suspect has been charged and appeared in court, rather than on arrest.

The idea of a ban has been supported by current Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, who is Britain’s most senior police officer.

Former chief constable of British Transport Police Andy Trotter is backing the amendment, and will also speak at the meeting on Monday.   dailymail

 

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