Cliff Richard will not face charges over alleged historial sex offences, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has confirmed today (Jue 16).
“The CPS has carefully reviewed evidence relating to claims of non-recent sexual offences dating between 1958 and 1983 made by four men,” said Martin Goldman, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Yorkshire and Humberside. “We have decided that there is insufficient evidence to prosecute.”
Though the enduringly popular singer, real name Harry Webb, was never formally arrested ovr the alleged offences, he met with officers from South Yorkshire Police on two occasions after the investigation was launched in 2014.
“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 in a statement today.
“My reputation will not be fully vindicated because the CPS’ policy is to only say something general about there being ‘insufficient’ evidence. Nevertheless, I am obviously thrilled that the vile accusations and the resulting investigation have finally been brought to a close.”
The investigation included a raid on Richard’s Surrey home in August 2014 while the singer was abroad on holiday. The BBC broadcast the raid after being told in advance by South Yorkshire Police that it would be taking place, a move which was widely criticised. South Yorkshire police has subsequently apologised for its handling of the “media interest” in his case.