New calls in Sir Cliff probe

Sir Cliff Richard
Sir Cliff Richard

Detectives investigating an allegation that Sir Cliff Richard sexually abused a boy in Sheffield have revealed ‘a number of people have come forward to provide information’.

Police chiefs have refused to disclose the nature of the new information received, but said it is now being processed by the force.

Calls were passed to South Yorkshire Police after officers raided Sir Cliff’s £3.5 million apartment in Berkshire on Thursday.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Since the search took place a number of people have contacted the police to provide information.”

The raid, carried out with officers from Thames Valley Police, came after an allegation that the legendary entertainer molested a boy in Sheffield in June 1985.

The alleged incident is said to have occurred at a Christian gathering hosted by American evangelist Billy Graham at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane stadium.

Sir Cliff, aged 73, who denies any wrongdoing, made an appearance at the event.

Sir Cliff’s lawyers made contact with the police force after a team of officers raided his Berkshire home while he was on holiday.

Officers involved in the pre-planned search removed items of interest from the property, which are to be examined.

They are thought to include documents and computers.

The multi-millionaire singer was at his holiday home in Portugal when the raid took place. He said the police raid took him by surprise, claiming it was carried out ‘without notice’.

Sir Cliff’s lawyers made contact with South Yorkshire Police afterwards and arrangements have now been made for the star to speak to investigating officers. He said the allegation of sexual abuse in Sheffield is ‘completely false’.