Singer Cliff Richard has won his High Court privacy case against the BBC over its coverage of a police raid on his home.

He has been awarded £210,000 in damages, but a judge ruled that he is entitled to further sums to be decided at a later date.

The judge said the BBC had infringed Mr Richard’s privacy rights in a “serious” and “sensationalist” way.

The 77-year-old singer took legal action against BBC bosses over broadcasts of a South Yorkshire Police raid on his home in Sunningdale, Berkshire, in August 2014, following a child sex assault allegation.

During the hearing Mr Richard told the judge that coverage, which involved the use of a helicopter, was a “very serious invasion” of his privacy.

The BBC disputed his claims and senior editors said the coverage was accurate and in good faith.

Mr Justice Mann heard that, in late 2013, a man made an allegation to the Metropolitan Police, saying he had been sexually assaulted by Mr Richard during an event featuring evangelist Billy Graham at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane football stadium, in 1985, when he was a child.

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Source: RTE