Cliff Richard interviewed by police over sex claim

Last updated 10:54 24/08/2014
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UNDER SUSPICION: British pop Singer Sir Cliff Richard has been interviewed by police investigating an alleged historic sex crime

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British pop singer Sir Cliff Richard has been interviewed by police investigating an alleged historic sex crime involving a young boy, his spokesman said.

Richard voluntarily met with officers from South Yorkshire police on Saturday (local time) and was not arrested or charged, the BBC reported

Police last week spent six hours searching the singer's apartment over an allegation of a sex offence related to a boy under the age of 16. Richards issued a statement denying the allegations. 

"Today Sir Cliff Richard voluntarily met with and was interviewed by members of South Yorkshire Police. He was not arrested or charged," Richard's spokesman said. 

"He co-operated fully with officers and answered the questions put to him.

"Other than restating that this allegation is completely false and that he will continue to co-operate fully with the police, it would not be appropriate for Sir Cliff to say anything further at this time."

Richards, two-time Eurovision winner and committed Christian, won fame with songs such as Devil Woman and Living Doll.

He has sold more than 250 million records over his career and was nicknamed the Peter Pan of Pop for his enduring youthful looks.

He reportedly shunned the sex, drugs and alcohol lifestyle of the 60s and 70s, and in 1995 became the first British rock star to be knighted.

The singer, born Harry Webb, is one of the most successful British musicians of all time.

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