Cliff Richard’s home searched by police investigating sexual abuse claim

Allegations date back to 1980s and involve boy aged under 16

Sir Cliff Richard

Sir Cliff Richard’s house in Berkshire has been searched by South Yorkshire police. Photograph: Jakubaszek/Getty Images

Detectives investigating a claim of sexual abuse have searched a property belonging to Sir Cliff Richard.

The home in Sunningdale in Berkshire is currently still being searched after police gained a warrant.

The allegations date back to the 1980s and involve a boy who was aged under 16 at the time.

The search of the Berkshire property was confirmed by police when asked about BBC reports that the home belonged to Richard.

The investigation is being carried out by South Yorkshire police.

In a statement 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.”

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