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Prosecutors handed police file on Sir Cliff abuse claims

By Margaret Davis

Published 11/05/2016

Sir Cliff Richard
Sir Cliff Richard

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

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said it will "carefully consider" the file of evidence from South Yorkshire Police to see if there is a realistic prospect of conviction.

The 75-year-old entertainer (below), who denies any wrongdoing, has seen his Berkshire home raided and has spoken to police twice as part of the probe.

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."

Sir Cliff was interviewed under caution in 2014 by detectives investigating a claim of a sex crime involving a young boy in the 1980s, but was not arrested or charged.

The veteran singer and actor was questioned again by officers last year.

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