Sir Cliff Richard 'puts UK home up for sale and vows never to return' after police raid

Sir Cliff Richard has put his Berkshire home up for sale and vowed never to return after it was raided by police, his friend Cilla Black claims.

Black said the singer had told her that he "never wants to live there again" after police searched the property in relation to an alleged historical sex crime in August last year.

The 74-year-old has strongly denied the allegations, labelling them as "absurd and untrue".

He has not been arrested or charged.

Sir Cliff Richard with his friend Cilla Black. Credit: PA Wire

Black told the Daily Mail that Sir Cliff was "not all right" and was still worried the the allegation was "hanging over him".

Cliff told me he's just put the flat on the market.

Cilla Black, speaking to the Daily Mail

The police and the BBC were widely criticised in the wake of the raid after live pictures showing detectives searching Sir Cliff's home were broadcast.

In February, South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable David Crompton revealed the investigation into Sir Cliff had "increased significantly in size" and involves "more than one allegation".