LONDON Aug 14 British police searched the
apartment of Cliff Richard, one of the country's best known
entertainers, on Thursday in relation to allegations of a
historical sexual offence involving an underage boy.
They said they were searching a property in Berkshire,
southwest of London, after receiving "an allegation of a sexual
nature dating back to the 1980s involving a boy who was under
the age of 16 at the time."
Richard, 73, confirmed the property being searched was his
and issued a statement saying the allegation was "completely
"The police attended my apartment in Berkshire today without
notice, except, it would appear, to the press," he said.
"Beyond stating that today's allegation is completely false
it would not be appropriate to say anything further until the
police investigation has concluded."
Richard, who was out of the country at the time of the
search, said he would co-operate fully with the police if they
wished to speak to him.
Police said there had been no arrests in relation to the
(Reporting by William James; editing by Stephen Addison)