It has emerged that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has recently received a file of evidence regarding Sir Cliff Richard and allegations of historical sexual assault.
Potential Criminal Charges
The CPS has stated that upon evaluation of the evidence, it will now decide as to whether or not criminal charges will be brought against the popular singer.
The evidence relates to claims involving the sexual assault of a young boy in the 1980s, which Sir Cliff denies.
Previous Police Interviews & Raid
The 75 year old has already been interviewed by police twice over the past couple of years with regards to the allegations, but has not once been arrested.
In August 2014, police raided Sir Cliff’s home in Sunningdale, Berkshire – after which he voluntarily attended an interview to assist with their investigations. Then in 2015, he again voluntarily attended a further interview in November.
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 South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman 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.”
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Source: BBC News