Cliff Richard 'not charged or arrested' after police interview

Sir Cliff Richard has been interviewed by South Yorkshire Police, his spokesman has said today. He voluntarily met with officers and was not arrested or charged.

The BBC was accused of a "cover up" over its role in the police raid on Sir Cliff Richard's flat, following an allegation of sexual assault.

Director General Tony Hall said BBC journalists "acted appropriately" in their coverage of the police raid on Cliff Richard's flat following a sexual assault allegation.

Sir Cliff has strongly denied any wrongdoing, saying an allegation of an historic sexual assault is false.

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Sir Cliff Richard: 'I will cooperate fully with investigation'

Sir Cliff admits he has known about the allegations for some time. Credit: PA

Sir Cliff Richard has dismissed historic abuse allegations against him as 'completely false' and insists he is cooperating with the police investigation.

He has issued the following statement:

For many months I have been aware of allegations against me of historic impropriety which have been circulating online.

The allegations are completely false. Up until now I have chosen not to dignify the false allegations with a response, as it would just give them more oxygen.

However, the police attended my apartment in Berkshire today without notice, except it would appear to the press.

I am not presently in the UK but it goes without saying that I will cooperate fully should the police wish to speak to me. Beyond stating that today's allegation is completely false it would not be appropriate to say anything further until the police investigation has concluded.

– Sir Cliff Richard

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