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Police probing Sir Cliff Richard sex abuse claim say “a number of people” have come forward with information

‘Police probing historic sex abuse claims against Sir Cliff Richard say “a number of people” have come forward with new information following Thursday’s search of his home.

The singer’s Berkshire penthouse was scoured for five hours by officers from South Yorkshire and Thames Valley Police as part of an investigation into an alleged sexual assault on a young boy at a religious event in 1985.

Sir Cliff, who was away in Portugal when the search took place, firmly denied any wrongdoing and hit out at the fact BBC journalists were apparently tipped off about the plan.

The broadcaster’s head of newsgathering Jonathan Munro said today the information did not come from South Yorkshire Police.

South Yorkshire Police today issued a statement in response to claims the force had tipped off the media ahead of the search.

It said: “When a media outlet contacted SYP with information about an investigation, we took the decision to work with them in order to protect the integrity of that investigation.

“Since the search took place a number of people have contacted the police to provide information and we must acknowledge that the media played a part in that, for which we are grateful.”

Meanwhile another police force has denied tipping off the media that Sir Cliff Richard’s Berkshire home was being searched ahead of the visit.

The investigation into historic sex abuse allegations is being led by South Yorkshire Police but officers from Thames Valley Police were involved.’

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