London : India-born veteran British singer Sir Cliff Richard’s property was on Thursday searched by police as part of an investigation into an allegation of sexual abuse against a young boy dating back to 1980s, reports PTI.
Sir Cliff, 73, born Harry Rodger Webb during the British Raj in Lucknow on October 14, 1940, is one of the most successful English musicians of all time. A number of items have reportedly been removed from the property in the Sunningdale area of Berkshire for further investigation, but no arrests have been made.
A police spokesperson said the allegation involved a boy under 16 at the time and dated back to the 1980s in the South Yorkshire area. In a statement, Sir Cliff denied the allegations and 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 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.” He added: “I am not presently in the UK but it goes without saying that I will co-operate 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.” The search is not connected to Operation Yewtree, which is looking into historical claims of sexual offences by prominent media figures.