Police who raided #SirCliff’s home were looking for child porn: Magistrate granted warrant to look for ‘items related to abuse’ & ‘media storage devices’ with indecent images

Police who raided Sir Cliff’s home were looking for child porn: Magistrate granted warrant to look for ‘items related to abuse’ and ‘media storage devices’ with indecent images

  • Detectives convinced a magistrate to grant the warrant to bolster their case 
  • Raid was filmed in a sweetheart deal with South Yorkshire Police, papers show
  • Force claims it feared evidence may be lost if BBC tipped off singer with story
  • Sir Cliff is now suing force for millions but it chief has now said BBC should pay 
 
Police were looking for child abuse images when they raided Sir Cliff Richard’s £3million apartment, it was claimed yesterday

Police were looking for child abuse images when they raided Sir Cliff Richard’s £3million apartment, it was claimed yesterday.

Detectives convinced a magistrate to grant a search warrant as they hoped to find ‘items related to child sexual abuse’ and ‘media storage devices’ with indecent images to bolster their case.

The BBC was allowed to film the raid on Sir Cliff’s home in a sweetheart deal with South Yorkshire Police as officers investigated historical allegations of child sexual abuse against him.

Legal papers lodged by the force in the High Court yesterday claim that officers feared there could be ‘loss, destruction or concealment of evidence’ if the broadcaster aired the story, tipping off the singer.

But police later had to apologise to the innocent star after nothing was found during their five-hour raid in Sunningdale, Berkshire.

It was televised live by a BBC helicopter filming above as eight officers rifled through his belongings on August 14, 2014.

After a 22-month police investigation, prosecutors announced in June that Sir Cliff would not face any charges.

It then emerged that among those making spurious claims against him were known fantasists, a rapist and a blackmailer. The revelation that police asked for a warrant to search for child abuse images will heap further humiliation on the singer, 76.

He has said the wall-to-wall live coverage of the search of his luxury home while he was abroad was ‘profoundly shocking, distressing, humiliating and embarrassing’.

He is seeking millions in damages and costs, arguing that police and the broadcaster acted unlawfully, breaking protection laws and invading his privacy.

But yesterday a defiant South Yorkshire Police hit back in defence papers, claiming that the BBC should pay their costs and any damages awarded to the star as it was their publicity that caused the problem.

An extraordinary war of words has broken out between the broadcaster and police about who should bear responsibility for the debacle.

The BBC claims it would never have broken the story if police had not ‘volunteered’ information about their probe.

But yesterday South Yorkshire Police denied giving the BBC ‘confirmation’ of the inquiry.

The BBC was allowed to film the raid on Sir Cliff’s home in a sweetheart deal with South Yorkshire Police as officers investigated historical allegations of child sexual abuse

The force argued it only ‘reluctantly agreed’ to co-operate after reporter Dan Johnson said he had a ‘significant volume of private information’ on Sir Cliff from a police source.

Jason Beer QC, for the force, said that even without a deal, the BBC would still have published its story that the star had been accused of molesting a boy in 1985. Therefore, the force said, the BBC should pay its costs in the row over compensation.

The agreement with the BBC was signed off by Chief Constable David Crompton.

In the event, the CPS took just weeks to reject all evidence collected by detectives.

South Yorkshire Police has refused to pay compensation, arguing that Sir Cliff’s claim was submitted too late.

Last night his spokesman said: ‘We cannot comment in any detail save to reiterate Sir Cliff looks forward to the point at which a judge can make a decision based on the evidence.’

Yesterday the star said in an interview on LBC radio being aired on Christmas Day that his ordeal had made his faith in God ‘even stronger’. He revealed that forgiving his accuser was the turning point helping him release ‘all that hate and anger’.  dailymail

One thought on “Police who raided #SirCliff’s home were looking for child porn: Magistrate granted warrant to look for ‘items related to abuse’ & ‘media storage devices’ with indecent images

  1. “South Yorkshire Police has refused to pay compensation, arguing that Sir Cliff’s claim was submitted too late.”

    The limitation period is a year in libel, or such longer period as is equitable. It is more than a year since the raid, but less than a year since the announcement of “no charges”, I believe.

    If Sir Cliff had sought an agreement, during the first year, that if he delayed suing for libel, then the Defendant wouldn’t plead limitation, which he could and perhaps should have done, then might that not have given the Defendant a motive to drag out its investigation, and never to exonerate Sir Cliff.

    Until I read this, I had assumed that “they” could “get” anybody they wanted to, because just about every computer has at least one indecent image on it within days of first connection to the internet. I have had malware infections on every computer I have owned for the past 20 years. I have 45,000 JPGs on my desktop computer. I haven’t taken that many photographs in my entire life, let alone since digital cameras were invented. I don’t know where these images have all come from. Some of them are in folders with made up names. I haven’t got the time to view them all, and delete those I don’t want. I would be astonished if I was to learn that NONE of these 45,000 JPGs was indecent.

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