Sir Cliff Richard to sell home after South Yorkshire Police raid

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Sir Cliff Richard plans to sell his home after a South Yorkshire Police raid.

The legendary pop star’s £3 million penthouse apartment in Berkshire was raided as part of an investigation into an allegation that he sexually abused a teenage boy in Sheffield in the 1980s.

He has told friends he feels like his home has been ‘ransacked by burglars’.

The 73-year-old denies an allegation that he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old by at a Christian rally hosted by American evangelist Billy Graham at Bramall Lane in 1985.

He was interviewed by South Yorkshire Police on a voluntary basis following the raid before returning to Portugal.

A friend said: “He is putting the place on the market because he feels it has been violated by the search.

“He said he feels it’s akin to having your home ransacked by burglars.

“He is a totally innocent man, yet several officers went into his house without warning, in view of news cameras, and rifled through his effects.”

The raid on Sir Cliff’s Art Deco apartment he bought in 2008 led to MPs criticising South Yorkshire Police for involving the BBC in the operation.

News cameras and a helicopter were at the scene when officers entered the pop star’s home.

Chief Constable David Crompton faced questions from the Home Affairs Select Committee over the BBC’s knowledge of the pre-planned raid.

The force was accused of ‘sheer incompetence’.