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Cliff Richard demands change to sex offence anonymity rules

04 Jul 2019 - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}      

British singer Cliff Richard demands change to sex offence anonymity rules. British singer Cliff Richard joined forces with other high profile figures in the media on Monday to demand that those people accused of sexual offenses are given anonymity until they are charged. Richard, 78, one of Britain's best known entertainers, was investigated by police over allegations of historical child sex offenses but cleared in 2016. He successfully sued the BBC after the corporation broadcast a police raid on his house. Under the current rules alleged victims of sexual offences receive anonymity but suspects can be named. Police and prosecutors have argued in the past that naming those who have been accused of sexual offences can encourage other victims to come forward.

Joined outside parliament by radio DJ Paul Gambaccini and other supporters, the veteran singer said he was hopeful the law would change because people think “there’s no smoke without fire” once you are accused of such a crime.