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Cliff Richard returns to UK to face police questions about assault claims

By | Published on Tuesday 26 August 2014

Cliff Richard

Cliff Richard flew back to the UK from his home in Portugal this weekend to speak to police investigating allegations of an historical sexual offence, the singer’s reps have confirmed.

As previously reported, the popstar’s property in Berkshire was searched by police earlier this month following claims regarding a sexual assault of a boy under the age of sixteen at a Christian faith rally in 1985. The singer quickly denied the claims, saying that they are “completely false”, while adding that he would “co-operate fully” with the police investigation.

To that end Richard returned to the UK this weekend to be interviewed under caution by South Yorkshire Police. It’s thought the singer first met with his legal team before reporting to a pre-agreed police station. He was not arrested and no charges were made.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police gave a typically ambiguous statement to reporters, confirming they had spoken to a “73 year old man” and that “the man was interviewed under caution but was not arrested. He entered South Yorkshire Police premises by arrangement”.

Meanwhile a spokesman for the singer himself told the BBC: “Today Sir Cliff Richard voluntarily met with and was interviewed by members of South Yorkshire Police. He was not arrested or charged. He co-operated fully with officers and answered the questions put to him. Other than restating that this allegation is completely false and that he will continue to co-operate fully with the police, it would not be appropriate for Sir Cliff to say anything further at this time”.