Sir Cliff Richard in 2012
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Sir Cliff Richard police inquiry 'expanded'

An historical sex offence inquiry into singer Sir Cliff Richard has "increased significantly in size" and involves "more than one allegation", police say.

The expansion of the investigation meant no date could be given for when it would be concluded, South Yorkshire Police's chief constable said.

It comes after officers raided Sir Cliff's Berkshire home last August.

Sir Cliff, 74, said he had no idea where the "absurd and untrue" allegations against him come from.

"The police have not disclosed details to me," he said in a statement.

"I have never, in my life, assaulted anyone and I remain confident that the truth will prevail. I have cooperated fully with the police, and will, of course, continue to do so."

Sir Cliff has been interviewed about an allegation of a sex crime, but was not arrested or charged.

The BBC understands the original allegation relates to an alleged assault at an event featuring US preacher Billy Graham at Bramall Lane in Sheffield in 1985.

June Kelly reports

  • 25 Feb 2015
  • From the section UK