Statement in response to High Court Ruling

Date published: 18 July 2018 08:58
Dated: 18 July 2018 09:57:42

South Yorkshire Police statement in response to the judgement made today, by Mr Justice Mann. 

Chief Constable Stephen Watson said: “I note Mr Justice Mann’s detailed and comprehensive judgment handed down today, Wednesday 18 July 2018.  I fully accept his findings.

“I particularly welcome Mr Justice Mann’s findings that all South Yorkshire Police officers and staff were found to have acted entirely honestly and were credible and reliable witnesses.

“At a very early stage of these proceedings, we accepted and apologised to Sir Cliff Richard for the mistakes we made in our attempts to protect the integrity of the police investigation and the rights of the complainant, balanced against Sir Cliff Richard’s privacy rights.

“I would like to take this opportunity to again offer our sincere apologies for the distress Sir Cliff Richard has suffered.”

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