Cliff Richard questioned by police over assault claim

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The singer has not been arrested or charged

Cliff Richard has been interviewed by police in relation to an alleged historical sex offence.

BBC reports that Richard met with members of South Yorkshire Police by appointment. He has not been arrested or charged.

The interview follows a police search of the singer’s Berkshire home on August 14. A number of items were removed from the property. Richard denies the alleged offence, which the BBC say relates to an assault claim at a religious event at the Bramall Lane stadium in Sheffield in 1985.

“Today Sir Cliff Richard voluntarily met with and was interviewed by members of South Yorkshire Police,” said a spokesman for the 73-year-old. “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.”

Richard was recently scheduled to be presented with the keys to the Portuguese city of Albufeira – his adopted home – but following recent events he chose not to accept the honour.

“Cliff was invited to receive the gold key of the city because he is a distinguished member of Albufeira,” said Carlos Silva e Sousa, mayor of Albufeira. “It’s a big honour. We are recognising big politicians and figures in civil society. He’s not here today because it was his choice.”