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Majella O'Donnell is 'appalled' by raid on Cliff home

By Linda McGrory

Majella O'Donnell has become involved in an online row after criticising the raid on the home of her friend Cliff Richard.

Majella (54) said she believed the singer had been "treated appallingly" by police after his home in Berkshire was searched last week and the operation was captured live by the BBC. The five-hour search was part of an investigation into an alleged historic child abuse incident in 1985.

Majella and her husband, singer Daniel O'Donnell (52), have been friends with Sir Cliff for many years. The pop star (73) collaborated in a country-music duet with Majella in 2010.

At the weekend, the mother-of-two criticised the manner in which the raid at Richard's home was carried out while he was abroad last Thursday.

"The way the police have treated Cliff Richard is completely unacceptable," Majella wrote.

But one male follower cautioned: "Hope you never have cause to regret that tweet."

Majella replied: "Why would I ever regret it? Cliff has been treated appallingly. What about his rights? There's nothing to regret."

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