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Cliff Richard child sex abuse charges cleared

Cliff Richard child sex abuse charges cleared

According to prosecutors, singer Sir Cliff Richard will face no further action over allegations of historical sex abuse.

The Crown Prosecution Service has "carefully reviewed" the case that four men claimed offences took place for between 1958 and 1983, but suggested "insufficient evidence to prosecute".

Sir Cliff said he was "obviously thrilled that the vile accusations and the resulting investigation have finally been brought to a close".

In a statement, Sir Cliff said: "After almost two years under police investigation I learnt today that they have finally closed their enquiries.

"I have always maintained my innocence, cooperated fully with the investigation, and cannot understand why it has taken so long to get to this point." Filmed raid

He added: "Ever since the highly-publicised and BBC-filmed raid on my home I have chosen not to speak publicly.

"Even though I was under pressure to 'speak out', other than to state my innocence, which was easy for me to do as I have never molested anyone in my life, I chose to remain silent."

South Yorkshire Police has apologised "wholeheartedly for the additional anxiety caused" by the force's "initial handling of the media interest" in its investigation.

They added: "Non-recent allegations are, by their very nature, complex and difficult matters to investigate and can take a considerable amount of time. We appreciate that waiting for a conclusion will undoubtedly have caused additional distress to all those involved and we have made every effort to ensure this has been as timely as possible. However, it is in the interests of justice to investigate such matters thoroughly."

Martin Goldman, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Yorkshire and Humberside, said: "The CPS worked with police during the investigation. This has helped minimise the time needed to reach a decision once we received the complete file of evidence on the 10th of May. The complainants have been informed and provided with a full explanation in writing."

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