BBC '˜struck deal with police over Cliff Richard home raid'

Sir Cliff Richard claims police gave the BBC a 'running commentary' of a raid on his home, in legal papers outlining his £1.5 million court battle, it has been reported.

Cliff Richard and the Shadows at the SECC, Glasgow. Picture: TSPL

The star lodged a High Court writ stating that the broadcaster struck a deal with South Yorkshire Police, according to The Sun.

Sir Cliff, 76, is claiming aggravated damages and is requesting a “significant” portion of his legal costs are paid by the force and the corporation, it is said.

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The court papers allegedly show that police press officer Lesley Card alerted BBC crime correspondent Dan Johnson to the raid.

Ms Card reportedly wrote in a text message: “Going in now, Dan.”

Later the reporter is said to have replied: “Give me a shout before they take anything out, so we can get the chopper in place for a shot.”

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