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Sir Cliff Richard may face sex abuse charges

The police file on the 75-year-old singer has been handed over to prosecutors.

Prosecutors will decide if Sir Cliff Richard will face sex charges after detectives handed over more than two years of investigations into the alleged historical sex crimes.

Police investigating the popular singer have sent a “full file” of evidence to prosecutors. South Yorkshire Police, who first carried out a raid on the singer’s home in August 2014, confirmed they are now waiting on a charging decision from the Crown Prosecution Service.

Sir Cliff, 75, has twice voluntarily met with police after they launched the inquiry into allegations against him that date back to the 1980s and involve an under-age boy.

The BBC screened live images of the raid, while the Living Doll singer was on holiday in Portugal.

Sir Cliff has never been arrested and has always said the allegations against him are false.

He was first interviewed after a man came forward claiming he had been groped by the singer at a Christian rally in 1985.

Earlier this year, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, Antony Stansfield, said it was “unacceptable” Sir Cliff had been left in the dark over the abuse claims for so long, and encouraged police to wind up their investigations and hand over their findings.

A prosecution spokeswoman said: “We have received a full file of evidence from South Yorkshire Police. We will now carefully consider its contents in line with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, in order to establish whether there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction, and whether it is in the public interest to do so.”

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