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Sir Cliff Richard's Home Searched By Police

Thursday 14th August 2014

Police investigating an alleged historic sex offence have been searching a property that belongs to Sir Cliff Richard.

Sir Cliff Richard

Officers from the South Yorkshire force have been carrying out the search at the house in the Sunningdale area of Berkshire.

South Yorkshire Police says a search warrant was granted after police received an allegation of a sexual nature dating back to the 1980s, involving a boy who was under the age of 16 at the time.

No one has been arrested and the force says the owner of the property was not present.

"For many months I have been aware of allegations against me of historic impropriety which have been circulating online," Sir Cliff Richard today said in a statement.

"The allegations are completely false. Up until now I have chosen not to dignify the false allegations with a response, as it would just give them more oxygen.

"However, the police attended my apartment in Berkshire today without notice, except it would appear to the press.

"I am not presently in the UK but it goes without saying that I will cooperate fully should the police wish to speak to me.

"Beyond stating that today's allegation is completely false it would not be appropriate to say anything further until the police investigation has concluded."

Sir Cliff is rumoured to be in Portugal, where he also owns property.

Scotland Yard has told LBC the investigation is not linked to Operation Yewtree, which was launched following the Jimmy Savile scandal.