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Cliff Richard settles legal battle with police chiefs over 2014 raid

Cliff Richard has reached a settlement with police bosses over their handling of a 2014 sexual abuse investigation against him.
The British crooner hit headlines in 2014 when South Yorkshire Police officers raided his Berkshire, England home while he was on vacation, amid allegations of historic sex abuse.
He vehemently denied any wrongdoing and was never arrested or charged, and the case was dropped after 22 months in June 2016 due to insufficient evidence. A few months later, Cliff sued the police force and BBC executives for damages, with his lawyers saying he suffered “profound and long-lasting” damage from coverage of the search and from being publicly named as a suspected sex offender.
His legal battle against the police force is now over, as his lawyer told high court judge Mr Justice Mann at a hearing in London on Friday (26May17) that both parties had reached an undisclosed settlement.
Police bosses had already apologised “wholeheartedly for the additional anxiety caused” by their “initial handling of the media interest” in its investigation into the singer.
Cliff is still in dispute with BBC bosses, who have said they will “defend ourselves vigorously”.

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