Sir Cliff Richard under investigation over sex claim
SOUTH YORKSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM – Sir Cliff Richard’s Berkshire home is being searched by police investigating allegations of historic sexual abuse. Officers from South Yorkshire Police issued a statement confirming that a property in the Sunningdale area of Berkshire was being searched. The investigation is not believed to be connected with Operation Yewtree, the inquiry set up in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal. A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said: “South Yorkshire Police has gained entry to a property in the Sunningdale area of Berkshire. Officers are currently searching the property. “A search warrant was granted after police received an allegation of a sexual nature dating back to the 1980s involving a boy who was under the age of 16 at the time.
“No one has been arrested and the owner of the property was not present.” Thames Valley Police confirmed that it had helped the South Yorkshire force with the execution of a search warrant at the address in Sunningdale, Berkshire.
A spokesman said: “We can confirm that Thames Valley Police has today assisted South Yorkshire Police with the execution of a search warrant at an address in Sunningdale, Berkshire.”
In a statement, Sir Cliff Richard denied the allegations and said: “For many months I have been aware of allegations against me of historic impropriety which have been circulating online. The allegations are completely false.”
As well as homes in Berkshire and Portugal, Sir Cliff also has a £6 million property in Barbados.
Earlier this month he performed at a charity fundraising concert on the Algarve and in June he made his usual appearance at the Wimbledon championships.
No representative for Sir Cliff was available to comment immediately and it is thought the entertainer is currently on holiday in Portugal.
With a career spanning more than six decades, Sir Cliff, who is a deeply committed Christian has sold more than 250 million records worldwide. He was knighted in 1995, also for services to music and charity, and sang at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace in 2012. In 1996, he addressed rumours about his sexuality when he insisted: “I’m aware of the rumours, but I’m not gay.” Sir Cliff has owned an exclusive apartment on a private estate in Sunningdale in Berkshire since March 2008.