At last. Another cruel attempt by the police and CPS to mount a show trial of a prominent man of a certain age has failed, but due to the lack of anonymity afforded to suspected sexual offenders, Sir Cliff Richard has been put through hell for two years. An extract from the article:
The Crown Prosecution Service said there was ‘insufficient evidence to prosecute’ Sir Cliff, 75, who admitted he was ‘thrilled’ by the decision.
Meanwhile the police force apologised ‘wholeheartedly for the additional anxiety caused by our initial handling of the media interest’, adding that the case has cost about £800,000 after it investigated nine allegations against him.
Yesterday afternoon we protested outside the HQ of the Crown Prosecution Service, and created quite a stir, handing out most of the 1,000 leaflets we’d taken along. Two CPS employees took stacks of leaflets to give to colleagues. Video footage of the protest, along with interviews of some of the protesters, will be published in the coming days. Among the placards on display were three calling for Alison Saunders, Director of Public Prosecutions, to be fired – here.
A photograph from the protest later in the afternoon, in Parliament Square: