26/10/2016 08:49 BST | Updated 26/10/2016 08:51 BST

Sir Cliff Richard Claims BBC 'Struck Deal With Police Over Raid On His Home'

Police press officer allegedly told BBC reporter police are 'going in now'.

Sir Cliff Richard claims police gave the BBC a “running commentary” of a raid on his home, in legal papers outlining his £1.5 million court battle, it has been reported.

The singer lodged a High Court writ stating that the broadcaster struck a deal with South Yorkshire Police, according to The Sun.

Sir Cliff, 76, is claiming aggravated damages and is requesting a “significant” portion of his legal costs are paid by the force and the corporation, it is said.

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Sir Cliff Richard claims BBC 'struck a deal' with police over the 2014 raid of his home

The court papers allegedly show that police press officer Lesley Card alerted BBC crime correspondent Dan Johnson to the raid.

Card reportedly wrote in a text message: “Going in now, Dan.”

Later the reporter is said to have replied: “Give me a shout before they take anything out, so we can get the chopper in place for a shot.”

The singer’s Berkshire home was raided by police in 2014 following historical sex abuse allegations being made against him. 

Richard is taking legal action against both the BBC and South Yorkshire Police