Princess Diana letter missing after South Yorkshire Police raid

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A note from Princess Diana and an iPhone have not yet been returned to Cliff Richard after a South Yorkshire Police search of his home.

Princess Diana letter missing after South Yorkshire Police raid

A note from Princess Diana and an iPhone have not yet been returned to Cliff Richard after a South Yorkshire Police search of his home.

Sir Cliff made the claim in an interview for ITV's Loose Women programme.

He said the items, along with postcards from his mother and a signed book from evangelist Billy Graham, were among the items removed from his Berkshire apartment during a raid as part of an investigation into sex abuse allegations.

The entertainer was publicly named as a suspect in a sex abuse investigation in August 2014 when footage of South Yorkshire officers entering his home was broadcast live on television by the BBC after a tip-off.

South Yorkshire Police launched an investigation after receiving a claim that Sir Cliff abused a teenage boy at a Christian rally in Sheffield in the 1980s.

Eight other claims were then made but the case against the 75-year-old was dropped last week by the Crown Prosecution Service after a two-year probe which cost £800,000.

Talking to Gloria Hunniford in an interview for ITV's Loose Women, Sir Cliff spoke of the physical and mental trauma he has endured.

The BBC has apologised for causing the 75-year-old distress as a result of their coverage and South Yorkshire Police has also apologised over their handling of the investigation.

Sir Cliff berated the police force, claiming it failed to 'accept a call' from five policemen, who are now retired but who had volunteered to make statements in his defence.

He said: "They weren't even answered, they (the police) wouldn't accept the call.

"So, fortunately for me, they had read who my lawyers were. They phoned the lawyers and said: 'We would like to make statements', and they had written statements, just in case I had to go to court, saying 'In our humble opinion this could never have happened, we were with him the whole time'. The police weren't interested."

In an earlier interview, the singer said he was considering taking legal action for the 'gross intrusion' into his privacy.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: "We have made contact with his legal team to ensure his property is returned."