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Cliff Richard's home searched by police

A property belonging to Cliff Richard is being searched by police in relation to an alleged historical sex offence.

South Yorkshire Police said it has entered a property in Sunningdale, Berkshire, after receiving an allegation of a sexual nature dating back to the 1980s involving a boy who was under 16 at the time. Nobody has been arrested.

The star said in a statement: "For many months I have been aware of allegations against me of historic impropriety which have been circulating online. The allegations are completely false."

It is understood the singer is on holiday in Portugal.

The police released a statement saying: "South Yorkshire Police has gained entry to a property in the Sunningdale area of Berkshire.

"Officers are currently searching the property.

"A search warrant was granted after police received an allegation of a sexual nature dating back to the 1980s involving a boy who was under the age of 16 at the time.

"No one has been arrested and the owner of the property was not present."

The search is not connected to Scotland Yard's Operation Yewtree, launched in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

It is understood that the singer's lawyers have been in contact with the force.

Thames Valley Police confirmed that it had helped the South Yorkshire force with the execution of the search warrant.

Born as Harry Webb in Lucknow, India in 1940, Sir Cliff has become one of the most enduring stars of his time, with hits including Devil Woman and Living Doll.

He was knighted in 1995, the first rock star to be so honoured and performed at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace in 2012.

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