Cliff Richard’s home searched by police

UK police investigating an alleged sex crime say they have searched a property belonging to singer Sir Cliff Richard.

“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,” a spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said.

Eight officers were at the house in Berkshire, west of London on Thursday.

When asked about reports that the suspect is Sir Cliff, the police referred to a statement issued on Thursday regarding the search.

The statement said the owner was believed to be out of the country, and that no one has been arrested.

British police do not name people who have not been charged.

The search was not connected to Operation Yewtree, the BBC said, but officers from that operation have been notified.

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

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-Sydney Morning Herald and AP

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