Prosecutors considering sex crime charges against Cliff Richard

British prosecutors are considering whether singer Sir Cliff Richard should face charges over alleged historical sex crimes, after being handed a file of evidence by police.
 
Sir Cliff, 75, has twice voluntarily met officers from South Yorkshire Police after it launched an inquiry in 2014 into allegations against him that date back to the 1980s and involve an underage boy.
 
The singer has never been arrested and has always said the allegations against him are false.
 
The Crown Prosecution Service said it had received a "full file of evidence" from the police.
 
"We will now carefully consider its contents... in order to establish whether there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction, and whether it is in the public interest to do so," it added in a statement on Tuesday.

Sir Cliff was first interviewed by detectives after police raided his home in August last year when he was on holiday.
 
The search was filmed by the BBC after the broadcaster was given advance warning.
 
That raid led to criticism from politicians, who described the cooperation between the police and the BBC as "inept" and causing "irreparable damage" to the singer's reputation.
 
Sir Cliff, born Harry Webb in 1940, was considered Britain's Elvis Presley early in his career and has had 14 number one singles in Britain.
He is the only singer to have topped the UK singles chart in five consecutive decades, from the 50s to the 90s, and he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1995.
His early hits include "Summer Holiday" and "Living Doll".
Reuters

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