ONE of Britain’s most powerful lawyers has backed Sir Cliff Richard’s calls for sex offender suspects to remain anonymous until they are charged.
The pop legend is campaigning for a change in the law after a police raid on his home was broadcast live by the BBC.
Sir Cliff successfully sued the BBC and won £210,000 in damages following the four-year legal battle.
But he is now on a crusade to make sure no-one else goes through the same ordeal as him.
And the chair of the Bar Council has agreed that sex offender suspects should retain their anonymity until cops can charge them.
Richard Atkins QC said last night: “Nobody should be named before they are charged.
“Whether a person is of good character or has previous convictions, the principle still remains that you are innocent until proven guilty.”
The calls were welcomed by Falsely Accused Individuals for Reform, who Sir Cliff, 78, helped launch in Wesminster last month.
Other backers of the group include actor Stephen Fry, Daniel Janner QC and falsely accused radio DJ Paul Gambaccini.
Mr Janner is defending the reputation of his late father Lord Janner who faced unproved accusations.