VIP child sex abuse: Is Cliff Richard on verge of being charged?

Prosecutors are considering whether to bring charges against the veteran entertainer Sir Cliff Richard over allegations of historical sexual abuse.

The Crown Prosecution Service was handed a file of evidence from South Yorkshire police on Tuesday to consider whether there is a realistic prospect of conviction over an allegation that Richard sexually assaulted a young boy in the 1980s.

The 75-year-old pop star, who has had a string of No 1 hits including Living Doll and Congratulations, has been interviewed under caution by the police force but has not been formally arrested or charged. He denies any wrongdoing and would not comment on the most recent developments.

It has been previously reported that Richard had been accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old at a Christian rally led by the US evangelist Billy Graham in Sheffield in 1985.

Details of the inquiry into the allegations emerged in August 2014 when the BBC revealed police officers had raided the singer’s Berkshire home. The BBC showed helicopter footage of detectives entering the singer’s property after the broadcaster was tipped off about the raid.

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