Second challenge to CPS decision not to charge Sir Cliff Richard

Cliff Richard
Cliff Richard
Have your say

A second person has challenged the decision not to bring sex assault charges against Sir Cliff Richard, the Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed.

The veteran singer was the subject of a long-running South Yorkshire Police investigation which centred on accusations dating between 1958 and 1983 made by four men.

Officers investigating allegations of historical sex offences were filmed searching his apartment in Berkshire in 2014, leading to him being publicly named as the subject of the probe.

The 75-year-old was never arrested or charged and his case was discontinued by the CPS in June on the grounds of insufficient evidence.

But at the beginning of August an application under the victims' right to review scheme was lodged by an accuser - challenging the decision by the CPS not to pursue a case against Sir Cliff.

The process allows an alleged victim, within three months of the original decision, to call for it to be reviewed.

Prosecutors would not confirm any further details regarding the second challenge, announced on Friday.

After the investigation was brought to a close in June, Sir Cliff said he was "thrilled".

"I have always maintained my innocence, co-operated fully with the investigation, and cannot understand why it has taken so long to get to this point," he said.

"Nevertheless, I am obviously thrilled that the vile accusations and the resulting investigation have finally been brought to a close."

The singer, actor and TV star has enjoyed a remarkable career spanning more than half a century.

Sir Cliff's greatest hits include chart-toppers such as The Young Ones, Living Doll, Summer Holiday, We Don't Talk Anymore and 1988 Christmas number one Mistletoe And Wine.