BREAKING: South Yorkshire Police search Cliff Richard’s house over historical sex offence

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Police are searching a property belonging to Sir Cliff Richard in relation to an alleged historical sex offence, involving a boy from South Yorkshire.

The allegation involves a boy aged under 16 and dates from the 1980s.

A house belonging to the musician in Berkshire has been searched today, with a number of items removed from the property.

Sir Cliff was not at the house at the time of today’s search.

Reports said the search is not connected to Operation Yewtree but officers from the operation have been notified.

A statement from South Yorkshire Police said: “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.”

Sir Cliff denies any wrongdoing.

He said: “ For many months I have been aware of allegations against me of historic impropriety which have been circulating online.

“The allegations are completely false. Up until now I have chosen not to dignify the false allegations with a response, as it would just give them more oxygen.

“However, the police attended my apartment in Berkshire today without notice, except it would appear to the press.

“I am not presently in the UK but it goes without saying that I will cooperate fully should the police wish to speak to me.

“Beyond stating that today’s allegation is completely false it would not be appropriate to say anything further until the police investigation has concluded.”