Police tipped off BBC about Sir Cliff Richard raid
Monday 18 August South Yorkshire police have admitted that they told a BBC reporter when they would be searching Sir Cliff Richard's home.
The force said that the reporter had approached officers some weeks ago about the investtigation and that it was clear he was in a position to publish. The police agreed to notify him in advance of the search in exchange for a delay in publication.
"This decision was not taken in order to maximise publicity, it was taken to preserve any potential evidence."
The BBC confirmed the sequence of events saying: "We followed normal journalistic practice and agreed not to publish a story that might jeopardise a police inquiry. We have also confirmed that South Yorkshire Police were not the original source for the story."
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