Michael Parkinson: “I think the Cliff Richard case only highlights the feeling there is some kind of witch hunt going on.” Photograph: Brian J Ritchie/Rex Features

Former BBC journalist Sir Michael Parkinson has described the corporation’s handling of the police investigation into singer Sir Cliff Richard as an “(...)

Adults abuse children because they can. They believe their power over others means they will not be caught and punished. Photograph: Thinkstock

The conviction of Rolf Harris is a reminder that child abuse is an abuse of power. The crime persists because perpetrators are not challenged and d(...)

British prime minister David Cameron is facing calls to start an inquiry into allegations that well-known politicians abused children in the 1980s

British prime minister David Cameron is facing calls to start an inquiry into allegations that well-known politicians abused children in the 1980s, af(...)

Rolf Harris arrives for sentencing at Southwark Crown Court in London yesterday accompanied by his niece Jenny Harris. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Rolf Harris has been jailed for carrying out a series of indecent assaults on young women and girls, including an eight-year- old autograph hunter and(...)

Entertainer Rolf Harris (2nd R) walks with his niece Jenny (R) as he arrives for sentencing at Southwark Crown Court in London today. The entertainer will not face a trial over allegations he downloaded sexual images of children. Photograph: Paul Hackett/Reuters.

Convicted paedophile Rolf Harris will not stand trial over allegations that he downloaded sexual images of children, prosecutors said today.Prosecutor(...)

Flanked by body guards Australian-born entertainer Rolf Harris (C) arrives for sentencing at Southwark Crown Court in London today. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA.

Rolf Harris has been jailed for five years and nine months for a string of sex crimes involving four girls.The 84-year-old entertainer, a family favou(...)

Rolf Harris with his wobble board performing at Glastonbury in 2002. Photograph:  Ben Birchall/PA Wire

When news of Rolf Harris’s arrest broke, a collective gasp swept across the nation.This was not just a famous face, this was one of the best-loved cel(...)

Entertainer Rolf Harris leaves with his niece Jenny, wife Alwen and daughter Bindi from Southwark Crown Court in London today after being found guilty of  12 charges of indecently assaulting young girls over a period of nearly 20 years. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris saw his decades in the spotlight end in disgrace today as he was found guilty of indecent assault.The 84-year-old, onc(...)

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris arrives at Southwark Crown Court, London, with daughter Bindi (left) and niece Jenny (right), where he denies 12 counts of indecent assault between 1968 and 1986. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Former Crimewatch presenter Sue Cook has told a court that Rolf Harris should not be accused of lying after forgetting a game show appearance in the (...)

Entertainer Rolf Harris arrives at Southwark Crown Court in London yesterday. He is charged with 12 counts of indecent assault, and denies the charges. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Veteran Australian entertainer Rolf Harris groomed and psychologically dominated a 13- year-old girl before repeatedly sexually abusing her, a British(...)