- Author : Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. Home Affairs Committee
- Publisher : The Stationery Office
- Release Date : 2014-10-24
- Genre: Criminal investigation
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- ISBN 10 : 9780215078445
HC 629 Police the Media and High Profile Criminal Investigations Book Description :
This report considers the events surrounding the police raid on 14 August of the home of Sir Cliff Richard OBE in Berkshire, and the circumstances under which the BBC came to have advance information about the raid. It concludes that South Yorkshire Police's handling of this situation was inept. The naming of suspects (or the confirming of a name when it is put to a force) when there is no operational need to do so is wrong. South Yorkshire Police should not have tried to cut a deal with the journalist, but rather approached senior BBC executives to explain the damage that such premature disclosure could do to the investigation. The BBC's Director General, Lord Hall, confirmed to the Committee that the BBC would act on such requests from Chief Consta...