Cliff Richard's home searched over sex offence

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14 August 2014

The British singer's property is being searched in relation to an alleged sex offence relating to a boy under the age of 16.

A Berkshire property belonging to British singer Sir Cliff Richard (73) has been searched by police, in relation to an alleged sex offence dating back to the 1980s.

The allegation involves a boy under the age of 16. Cliff, who is not in the country, says the allegations are not true. "For many months I have been aware of allegations against me of historic impropriety which have been circulating online. The allegations are completely false," he said.

'I have chosen not to dignify the false allegations with a response'

"Up until now I have chosen not to dignify the false allegations with a response, as it would just give them more oxygen."

Police say the search is not connected to Operation Yewtree, the police investigation into the sexual abuses predominantly against children, performed by Jimmy Savile and others.

"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," a spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said.

No arrests have been made, and Cliff is reported to be at a holiday home in Portugal.

He was born Harry Webb, and tops the list of the highest number of singles sold by a male British artist.

He was knighted in 1995, becoming the first rock star to become a Knight Bachelor. The singer performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace in 2012.

SOURCES: theguardian.com, bbc.com, skynews.com, telegraph.co.uk

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