Police have dropped one of their three investigations into Cliff Richard, according to reports.
A source close to the pop singer told the Sunday Times that police have decided not to pursue one of the cases as they have failed to uncover enough evidence to substantiate the accusations made against him.
It is understood that Richard has provided police with evidence that he was never alone with the two men who have allege that he assaulted them in separate incidents in the 1980s.
“Cliff has given police evidence that he was never on his own on the days when the alleged attacks took place,” a close friend of Richard told the Times.
Asked for comment, South Yorkshire police have said they “won’t be providing a running commentary on the investigation. The inquiry continues and inquiries are ongoing”.
Richard was first interviewed by police in relation to an alleged historical sex offence in August 2014. He has never been arrested or charged.
The interview followed a police search of the singer’s Berkshire home. 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.
Richard’s most recent public appearance came when he sang at the funeral of Cilla Black in August. He tours Britain later this year.