Police are currently searching a Sunningdale house belonging to Sir Cliff Richard in relation to an alleged historical sex offence.  It is thought that Sir Cliff, who is not present during the search, is travelling in Portugal with his sister.

Sir Cliff was knighted in 1995

Sir Cliff was knighted in 1995

Eight plain clothes police officers in five unmarked cars arrived at Sir Cliff’s Sunningdale home in Berkshire to conduct the search;  They removed a number of items, but no arrests have been made at this time. A spokesman for the police said that the search is not connected to Operation Yewtree but is concerned with a boy aged under 16 and dates from the 1980s.  Officers from the Thames Valley Police are assisting the officers from the South Yorkshire Police.

Detective Superintendent Matt Fenwick read a statement to reporters: “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.”

Sir Cliff Richard has sold over 21.5 million singles and was knighted in 1995; he performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace in 2012.