Monday 21 May 2018

Second person challenges decision not to charge Cliff Richard

Sir Cliff Richard. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire
Sir Cliff Richard. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

Dean Gray in London

A second person has challenged the decision not to bring sex assault charges against Cliff Richard, the Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed.

The veteran singer was the subject of a long-running South Yorkshire Police probe which centred on accusations dating between 1958 and 1983 made by four men.

Officers investigating allegations of historical sex offences were filmed searching Cliff Richard's apartment in Berkshire in 2014, leading to him being publicly named as the subject of the probe.

The 75-year-old was never arrested or charged and his case was discontinued by the CPS in June on the grounds of insufficient evidence.

But at the beginning of August an application under the victims' right to review scheme was lodged by an accuser - challenging the decision by the CPS not to pursue a case against Mr Richard.

The process allows an alleged victim, within three months of the original decision, to call for it to be reviewed.

After the investigation was brought to a close in June, Mr Richard said he was "thrilled".

"I have always maintained my innocence, co-operated fully with the investigation, and cannot understand why it has taken so long to get to this point," he said.

"Nevertheless, I am obviously thrilled that the vile accusations and the resulting investigation have finally been brought to a close."

Irish Independent

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