first_imgThe singer, actor and TV star has enjoyed a remarkable career spanning more than half a century.Sir Cliff’s greatest hits include chart-toppers such as The Young Ones, Living Doll, Summer Holiday, We Don’t Talk Anymore and 1988 Christmas number one Mistletoe And Wine.A BBC spokesman said: “While we haven’t received any notification of action, we’ve said previously we are very sorry that Sir Cliff has suffered distress but we have a duty to report on matters of public interest and we stand by our journalism.”The Telegraph approached South Yorkshire Police for comment. I am obviously thrilled that the vile accusations and the resulting investigation have finally been brought to a closeSir Cliff Richard Sir Cliff Richard Sir Cliff Richard, the singer, is suing the BBC and South Yorkshire Police after a raid on his home was filmed from a helicopter and shown live on TV.Sir Cliff was the subject of a long-running South Yorkshire Police investigation which centred on accusations dating between 1958 and 1983 made by four men.Officers investigating allegations of historical sex offences were filmed searching his apartment in Berkshire in 2014, leading to him being publicly named as the subject of the probe. Sir Cliff was never arrested or chargedCredit:Steve Paston/PA  Sir Cliff Richardcenter_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Sir Cliff described the accusations as “vile”Credit:Heathcliff O’Malley  Responding to the announcement Sir Cliff said that “a cloud lifted. After the initial investigation was brought to a close in June, Sir Cliff said he was “thrilled”.He criticised what he called “vile accusations”, adding he was “named before I was even interviewed, and for me that was like being hung out like ‘live bait'”.Sir Cliff added: “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.”Nevertheless, I am obviously thrilled that the vile accusations and the resulting investigation have finally been brought to a close.”Lawyers for the singer lodged papers at the High Court in London yesterday. They give little detail but Sir Cliff is listed as a claimant and the BBC and Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police as defendants. He was never arrested or charged and his case was discontinued by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in June on the grounds of insufficient evidence.Applications to review two of the charging decisions under the Victims’ Right to Review scheme were later received.However, last month the CPS said a review of the evidence “concluded that the decisions not to charge were correct”.last_img

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