‘No concern’ over Sir Cliff footage

PA

BBC editor, said the High Court has no concerns about the airing of a helicopter, images of Sir Cliff Richard’s flat during a police search.

Jonathan Munro said that the movie, released in the month of August 2014, had not been “up to” the day of the search.

Sir Cliff is suing the BBC for naming him and, to transmit the footage of his apartment in Berkshire, during a sexual assault investigation of the singer.

Says broadcasting the images was a “very serious invasion” of privacy.

Sir Cliff, who has denied the accusation, was not arrested or charged.

Mr. Munro, the BBC’s head of newsgathering, said Mr Justice Mann: “No referrals were made to me on any helicopter images.”

He added that he had seen the helicopter images when writing a witness statement and said: “I have no concern about the spread of these images.”

The singer claims he suffered “a deep and lasting damage” from coverage. He sued the BBC, in addition to the abuse of private information and the breaking of data protection rules.

The BBC disputes his accusations. It says that the BBC report on the police investigation of the public interest.

In 2014, South Yorkshire Police searched Sir Cliff’s apartment in Sunningdale, Berkshire while investigating an allegation that the singer sexually assaulted a child under the age of 16 years in Sheffield in 1985.

In June 2016, it was announced that you will not face any charges.