Charges officially dropped against Cliff Richard after final appeal

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Cliff Richard.

A LAST ditch appeal from two of Cliff Richard’s anonymous accusers over the decision not to prosecute him over sexual abuse allegations has been rejected by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). 

In June the CPS announced that they would discontinue their case against the knighted pop singer due to a lack of sufficient evidence. 

The system’s right of review scheme means that alleged victims are afforded the opportunity to challenge a decision within three months. 

This right was exercised by two individuals who claim to have been abused by Sir Cliff between 1958 and 1983 but after careful scrutiny the CPS said on September 27 that it stood by its original decision.

Richard has denied any wrongdoing after being unmasked as the subject of a long-running investigation by South Yorkshire police into historical sexual abuse allegations made by four men. 

The 75-year-old told press: “I’m obviously pleased with today’s CPS decision and the speed with which they reached it. I hope that it brings this matter to a close.”

 

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