Cliff Richard house searched by police

A house owned by Cliff Richard is being searched by police in relation to an alleged historical sex offence.

Cliff Richard house searched by police

A house owned by Cliff Richard is being searched by police in relation to an alleged historical sex offence.

The BBC reports that several items were removed from the house in Sunningdale, Berkshire and that no arrests were made.

A police spokesman said the allegation involved a boy under 16 and dated from the 1980s in the South Yorkshire area.

Cliff Richard, 73, was not present.

The search is not said to be connected to Operation Yewtree - which was set up in the wake of revelations about the crimes committed by late TV presenter Jimmy Savile - but officers from the operation have been notified.

A police spokesman said: "Police have 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."

Cliff Richard - who was born Harry Webb - is one Britain's most successful musicians, having sold more than 21.5 million singles, more than any other male British artist, and is the only performer to have had at least one UK top five album in each of the last seven decades.

The 'Move It' hitmaker - who is currently believed to be residing in his home in Portugal - was presented with his knighthood in 1995 and performed at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace in 2012.

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