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Sir Cliff Richard confident CPS 'will come to right conclusion'

Sir Cliff Richard is confident that those reviewing the decision not to press charges in the abuse case against him will "come to the right conclusion".

Sir Cliff is confident the CPS will 'come to the right conclusion' Credit: Press Association

The singer was the subject of a long-running South Yorkshire Police investigation, which centred on sexual assault accusations dating between 1958 and 1983.

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.

But at the beginning of August an application under the victims' right to review scheme was lodged by an accuser - challenging the decision by the CPS not to pursue a case against him.

Sir Cliff reaffirms his innocence and has every confidence that the CPS will once again come to the right conclusion. He trusts that they will also do so as soon as possible.

Just three days ago Sir Cliff was informed that a complainant has requested a review of the CPS's decision.

When a person is told that their complaint is not going to be the subject of any further action they are also told that they have the right to ask for a review.

We understand that it is not unusual for this to happen.

– Spokesman for Sir Cliff Richard

The process allows an alleged victim, within three months of the original decision, to call for it to be reviewed.

It is understood a lawyer will look at the evidence before deciding to uphold or overturn the original decision made by the CPS.