Prosecutors assisting police investigation into Sir Cliff Richard

Sir Cliff Richard at Sheffield Arena in 2006
Sir Cliff Richard at Sheffield Arena in 2006

Prosecutors are now assisting South Yorkshire Police with their investigation into singer Sir Cliff Richard – but a police file on the inquiry is yet to be finalised.

Sir Cliff is being investigated over allegations of historic sex offences.

A raid on his home took place in August 2014.

Police have now confirmed they are receiving ‘investigative support’ from the Crown Prosecution Service. It is understood this is standard practice in investigations of this nature.

But the CPS is yet to be handed a police file on the probe that would allow prosecutors to decide whether to pursue charges against him.

Sir Cliff has described the allegations as ‘completely false’.

Police confirmed today the investigation into the allegations is still ongoing.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “The investigation continues and we are now receiving investigative support from the Crown Prosecution Service.”

Police said in February 2015 their investigation had ‘increased significantly in size since its inception’ and there was more than one allegation against him.

It came after the force was strongly criticised for agreeing to allow the BBC to broadcast live footage of the raid on his Berkshire home.

The Home Affairs Select Committee criticised the force’s ‘inept handling of the situation’.

The report by MPs said: “It is clear that Sir Cliff Richard has personally suffered enormous, irreparable damage to his reputation, though he has been neither arrested nor charged with any offence.

“No citizen should have to watch on live television their home being raided in this way.”