South Yorkshire Police quiz Sir Cliff Richard

Richards denies all charges'Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images
Richards denies all charges'Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images

Sir Cliff Richard has been interviewed under caution by South Yorkshire Police detectives investigating a sex crime claim involving a young boy.

The veteran star met members of South Yorkshire Police voluntarily at their premises on Saturday, and was not arrested or charged.

South Yorkshire Police confirmed a 73-year-old man had been spoken to.

A police spokesman said: “The man was interviewed under caution but was not arrested. He entered South Yorkshire Police premises by arrangement.”

The singer’s Berkshire apartment was searched by police last week as part of an investigation into an alleged sexual assault at a religious event in 1985.

A spokesman for Sir Cliff said: “Sir Cliff Richard voluntarily met with and was interviewed by members of South Yorkshire Police. 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.”

Meanwhile South Yorkshire and Thames Valley police have accused the BBC of a ‘cover-up’ over its role in the raid by officers.

South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable David Crompton claimed the corporation had appeared to ‘distance itself from what had happened’ after it broadcast the raid on the pop star’s penthouse.

The BBC broke the news of the search but has been heavily criticised for its handling of the story.

Mr Crompton said the BBC’s misleading and inaccurate portrayal of its involvement in what happened led to the force making a formal complaint.

BBC Director General Tony Hall has insisted BBC journalists ‘acted appropriately’ in their coverage.