Sir Cliff confident he will not face charges over child sex abuse allegation in Sheffield

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Sir Cliff Richard is reported to have extended his sell-out tour this year because he is confident he will not be charged over a child sex abuse allegation.

The iconic pop star’s home was raided by South Yorkshire Police last August after an allegation was made that he assaulted a 16-year-old boy at a Christian rally hosted by American evangelist Billy Graham in Sheffield in 1985.

Sir Cliff, aged 74, travelled to Sheffield voluntarily to answer police questions but has never been arrested and denies any wrongdoing.

He had been at his holiday home in Portugal when officers swooped on his £3 million apartment in Berkshire, which was televised by the BBC.

Despite the allegation, Sir Cliff has added an extra date at the Royal Albert Hall for his 75th birthday tour in October, with concerts in Sheffield, Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester sold out.

Sources close to the singer said: “He is impatient to put this behind him and get on with his life. He knows he is innocent and just cannot understand why it is taking so long for the police to clear his name.

“These events have to be organised up to a year in advance and were already being planned before the enquiries began.”