Cliff Richard’s punishment for being a wealthy celebrity who chose not to marry has come to an end. Two years of the Internet and the media being given free rein to speculate and fabricate the most heinous slander is over.
Until the time comes for him to die…whereupon a fresh group of allegations will surface from people who were ‘too scared’ to come forward in the past two years…
It would appear that South Yorkshire Police do not feel confident that they could prove he abused a young boy in front of a crowd of thousands of committed Christians, none of whom have come forward to say they noticed anything…
Cliff may not feel it today – but he is lucky. He has at least been in the position whereby the CPS have had to say whether they feel confident putting their witness on the stand. ‘No further Action’ may not feel like the ringing endorsement of his undoubted innocence that he would like to hear – but it is a lot more than he would be granted by the media had he been dead.
Another one of Mark Williams-Thomas’ stable of false allegators bites the dust. He must be devastated. No chance for a ‘Cliff Richard Exposed’ documentary.
In May this year, South Yorkshire Police presented the final investigation files to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) relating to four allegations of non-recent sexual abuse involving Cliff Richard.
After careful consideration of the evidence provided to them, the CPS has concluded that no further action should be taken against the man due to there being insufficient evidence to prosecute. A further five allegations considered by the investigation team did not meet the threshold for referral to CPS for a charging decision.
The force apologises wholeheartedly for the additional anxiety caused by our initial handling of the media interest in this case and has implemented the learning from this and the subsequent review conducted by former Chief Constable Andy Trotter.
Following an initial allegation received by the force in April 2014, South Yorkshire detectives have explored and gathered all information available and carried out a thorough and detailed investigation, which has covered the UK and abroad. The investigation, which has spanned two years, is estimated to have cost in the region of £800,000, including staffing costs.