Sir Cliff Richard, who came second at Eurovision 1968, has become the latest in a string of UK entertainers to come under suspicion following allegations of sex abuse.
His Sunningdale property in Berkshire was searched by the police earlier this afternoon. The allegations come from a man who was still a boy at the time the events are alleged to have taken place, according to the BBC.
While no arrests have been made, items were removed from the singer’s home for further analysis.
Detective Superintendent Matt Fenwick of South Yorkshire Police gave the following statement this afternoon:
I can confirm that today South Yorkshire police have gained entry into a property in the Sunningdale area of Berkshire. Officers are currently searching the property.
The search warrant was granted after police received an allegation of a sexual nature dating back to the 1980s.
The allegation involved a young boy under the age of 16 years at that time.
The owner of the property is not present.
South Yorkshire police have confirmed that the raid had nothing to do with Operation Yewtree, which police set up in the aftermath of the Jimmy Savile scanal. Officers from that operation have been notified.
Cliff Richard (real name Harry Webb) represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions—in 1968 and 1973. In 2013 he released the 100th album of his career. He was knighted in 1995 and performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace in 2012. His calendars are among the best selling of all time.
Cliff Richard: “The allegations are completely false.”
Update: Cliff Richard uploaded the following message on Facebook at 17:19 GMT. Here’s what he had to say: