Saturday, 16 August 2014

Police to Interview Sir Cliff Richard

AFTER the search by police on Thursday of Sir Cliff Richard's Berkshire home, it is reported that they are planning to talk to him about an alleged sex crime against a young lad at an evangelist event in a Sheffield football stadium at Bramall Lane in 1985.  Sir Cliff now 73, is in Portugal right now, and he has described the allegation made against him as 'completely false'.

Detective Superintendent Matt Fenwick, of South Yorkshire Police, has said the investigation was at a very early stage and nobody had been arrested.   D.S. Fenwick said:  'A search warrant has been granted after police received an allegation of a sexual nature dating back to the 1980s. This involved a young boy under the age of 16 years.'

No arrest warrant has been issued and the police say that they have no plans to search other properties.  Sir Cliff's solicitors are already in touch with the South Yorkshire police, and there has been some disquiet about the presence of the BBC during Thursday's police search of the premises in Berkshire.

The evangelist event in 1985 that was led by the U.S. preacher Billy Graham attracted some 24,000 people to the first of eight nights of sermons at the Sheffield football stadium, according to reports at the time.  When Billy Graham invited people to come forward to show a commitment to Jesus, 2,000 people walked onto the pitch.

Sir Cliff Richard, OBE, was born in India, Harry Rodger Webb, in 1940, and  is the third-top-selling singles artist in the United Kingdom's history, with total sales of over 21 million units in the UK and he has reportedly sold an estimated 250 million records worldwide.

1 comment:

tonydj said...

South Yorkshire Police,the force that covers Rotherham. Nice little smokescreen to cover the inaction over the mass abuse of 1400(?)youngsters over the years.