Sir Cliff Richard arrives for the High Court BBC privacy case ruling

Emotional Sir Cliff faces the media outside court

He said Mr Richard was also entitled to further sums for the financial impact of the incident, which will be decided at a later date.

Sir Cliff 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.

"It's too big a decision to be made badly".

BBC bosses said they were considering an appeal.

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The judge added: "Knowing that Sir Cliff was under investigation might be of interest to the gossip-mongers, but it does not contribute materially to the genuine public interest in the existence of police investigations in this area".

COURT: Doncaster man jailed for attacking woman with baseball bat while her young son slept upstairsHe claimed the coverage was a "very serious invasion" of his privacy but the BBC disputes his claim and insists the coverage was accurate and in good faith.

The judge essentially rejected the BBC's claim that its right to freedom of expression outweighed Richard's right to privacy, both of which are outlined in the Human Rights Act.

BBC director of editorial policy and standards David Jordan said resignations were "not necessarily the right response to every mistake that every journalist makes in a news organisation".

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"I'm choked up, I can't believe it, it's wonderful news", Sir Cliff told reporters outside the court.

A review by lawmakers on a parliamentary committee in October 2014 criticized what it called the police's "inept handling" of the situation, but said there had been nothing wrong in the BBC's decision to run the story.

She noted "there may well be cases where the publication of a name enables other victims to come forward and therefore, to strengthen the case against an individual".

The judge awarded Sir Cliff £190,000 to cover the "general effect" on his life plus £20,000 because the BBC had aggravated the damage by nominating the story for an award.

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The police force has already agreed to pay Richard £400,000 after settling a claim. The simple naming of Sir Cliff as a suspect in the police investigation amounted to a breach of his privacy. It means police investigations, and searches of people's homes, could go unreported and unscrutinised.

Outside court Sir Cliff stood next to a lawyer who read a statement on his behalf.

He said his client had offered to settle earlier with the BBC for "reasonable" damages and an apology, but the BBC had been "defiant".

But he said he had been left "in effect in creative limbo" for two years until prosecutors said he would not face any charges.

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The Society of Editors said that the judgement "threatens the ability of the media as a whole to police the police".

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