Sir Cliff Richard faces questioning over sex abuse allegation in Sheffield

Billy Graham and Cliff Richard 1967
Billy Graham and Cliff Richard 1967
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Sir Cliff Richard faces questioning by South Yorkshire Police over an allegation he sexually assaulted a boy in Sheffield.

The 73-year-old legendary entertainer’s lawyers made contact with the police force after a team of officers raided his Berkshire home while he was on holiday.

Officers involved in Thursday’s search of the £3.5 million apartment with colleagues from Thames Valley Police removed items of interest from the property, which are to be examined.

They are thought to include documents and computers.

The multi millionaire singer was at his holiday home in Portugal when the raid took place. He said the police raid took him by surprise, claiming it was carried out ‘without notice’.

Sir Cliff’s lawyers made contact with South Yorkshire Police afterwards and arrangements have been for the star to speak to investigating officers.

He denies any wrongdoing and said the allegation of sexual abuse in Sheffield was ‘completely false’ but that he will ‘co-operate fully’ with investigating officers.

Police are investigating a recent claim that he sexually assaulted a boy under the age of 16 at a Christian gathering at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane stadium in June 1985.

Sir Cliff made an appearance at the event, which was hosted by American evangelist Billy Graham.

The alleged victim is now in his 40s.

Sir Cliff, a committed Christian who has had hit records for six decades, said he was aware that he had been the subject of internet rumours of ‘historic impropriety’ for some time, but had never commented to avoid fanning the flames.

Sir Cliff burst onto the music scene in 1958 and has sold 250 million records over the years - earning him a £100 million fortune.