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PHOTO: Sir Cliff Richard says the allegations against him are “absurd and untrue”. (Getty Images, file photo)
British police say an investigation into sexual abuse allegations levelled against singer Cliff Richard has now “increased significantly in size”.
South Yorkshire’s chief constable David Crompton revealed the investigation had widened in a letter to the chairman of parliament’s home affairs committee.
“Sir Cliff Richard’s lawyers are aware that there is more than one allegation,” he wrote.
“It would be premature and potentially misleading to predict a likely date when it will be concluded.
“However, we are progressing as swiftly as possible.”
Sir Cliff, 74, has described the allegations as “absurd and untrue”.
“I have no idea where these absurd and untrue allegations come from,” he said in a statement.
“I have never, in my life, assaulted anyone and I remain confident that the truth will prevail.”
Officers raided Sir Cliff’s home in Berkshire, west of London, in August when he was on holiday, over allegations which dated back to the 1980s and involved an underage boy.
The singer was later interviewed under caution but not arrested or charged with any crime.
The raid on his house was filmed by BBC cameras after the broadcaster was given advance warning, leading to criticism from MPs who described that cooperation as “inept” and causing “irreparable damage” to the singer’s reputation.
Born Harry Webb, Sir Cliff has had 14 Number 1 singles in Britain and is the only singer to have topped the UK singles chart in five consecutive decades, from the 1950s to the 1990s