Police file on Sir Cliff Richard sex allegations passed to CPS

Prosecutors are considering whether to bring charges against veteran entertainer Sir Cliff Richard over alleged historical sex abuse.

Tuesday, 10th May 2016, 5:05 pm
Updated Tuesday, 10th May 2016, 5:06 pm
Sir Cliff Richard at Hallam FM Arena in 2006

The Crown Prosecution Service said that it will ‘carefully consider’ the file of evidence passed on by South Yorkshire Police to see if there is a realistic prospect of conviction.

The 75-year-old entertainer, who denies any wrongdoing, has seen his Berkshire home raided and has spoken to police twice as part of their investigation.

A CPS spokesman said: “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.”

A spokeswoman for South Yorkshire Police said: “Investigation files relating to allegations of non-recent sexual abuse involving a 75-year-old man have been handed over to the CPS.

“The CPS will now consider the matter and South Yorkshire Police awaits their decision.”

A spokesman for Cliff Richard said: “It would be inappropriate to comment while the matter is under review.”