Evidence relating to Cliff Richard sex abuse claims reportedly sent to prosecutors

Singer, 75, has been interviewed twice by police over allegations

Reports claim that a file containing evidence relating to allegations of historical sexual abuse by Sir Cliff Richard has been passed from the police to prosecutors.

Veteran singer Richard, 75, was interviewed under caution by police in 2014 following allegations of a sex crime involving a young boy in the 1980s. He was not arrested or charged. He was re-interviewed last year by police investigating alleged sexual assaults. Richard has denied any offence.

A Crown Prosecution Service spokeswoman has said of the latest development: “We have received a full file of evidence from South Yorkshire police. We will now carefully consider its contents in line with the code for crown prosecutors, in order to establish whether there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction, and whether it is in the public interest to do so.”

Sources have told Press Association (via The Guardian) that the individual not named by the CPS is Richard.

The singer has previously described the allegations as “absurd and untrue”.