UK police have raided the home of Sir Cliff Richard in relation to the alleged historical sex assault of an underage boy, according to the BBC.
The 73-year-old musician, who lives in Portugal and is a regular visitor to Spain, was not at his home in Sunningdale, Berkshire, when the raids took place.
No arrests have been made in the raids, relating to a case dating back to the 1980s.
The search is not in relation to Operation Yewtree, set up in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.
The singer, born Harry Webb, is believed to currently be in the Algarve, where he has been running a vineyard for the last decade and lives with his ‘close friend’ Father John.
A police spokesperson declined to confirm that the house was that of Sir Cliff, but said: “Police have 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 released a statement this afternoon after widespread media coverage of the search on his home, saying: “For many months I have been aware of allegations against me of historic impropriety which have been circulated online.
“The allegations are completely false. Up until now I have chosen not to dignify the allegations with a response, as it would just give them more oxygen.
“However, the police attended my apartment in Berkshire today without notice, except it would appear, to the press.
“I am not presently in the UK but it goes without saying that I will co-operate fully should the police wish to speak to me.
“Beyond stating that today’s allegation is completely false it would not be appropriate to say anything further until the police investigation has concluded.”
BBC reporter Tom Burridge has tweeted that he understands ‘Sir Cliff left his Algarve home this morning with his sister for a break in another part of Portugal’.
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