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BBC should not have named Sir Cliff Richard, lawyers to argue

The Christian entertainer's suing the BBC and South Yorkshire Police after a raid by officers on his Berkshire home in August 2014 was broadcast live.

The 76 year old was cleared of all allegations against him in June last year when prosecutors dropped the case. He always denied any wrongdoing.

According to court documents seen by the Daily Mirror, his lawyers will argue that the BBC should have taken into account a number of false accusations made in the wake of the Jimmy Saville before naming Sir Cliff Richard.

They may point to a report produced by former High Court judge Sir Richard Henriques which criticised the Metropolitan Police for a series of raids on high-profile figures which were based on an unreliable source.

The raids, which targeted D-Day veteran Lord Bramall, late former Home Secretary Lord Brittan and former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor, formed part of the Metropolitan Police's Operational Midland.

Not a single arrest had been made by the time the Operation Midland closed last year.

The BBC has said it will defend itself "vigorously" against the action being taken by Sir Cliff Richard.

According to his lawyers, Sir Cliff suffered "profound and long-lasting" damage from the raid on his home and its broadcast.

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