Following the start of the investigation in 2014 Cliff Richard, 75, has consistently denied any wrongdoing in relation to the historical sex abuse allegations.

A file of evidence relating to allegations of historical sex abuse by Sir Cliff Richard (knighted in 1995) has been handed to prosecutors  at the Crown Prosecution Service by South Yorkshire Police. Sir Cliff Richard has spoken to the police twice since the investigation began and had his Berkshire home raided in August 2014.

The CPS said it will “carefully consider” whether to bring charges or not against the 75-year-old entertainer.

“We have received a full file of evidence from South Yorkshire Police,” a CPS spokesman said.

“We will now carefully consider its contents in line with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, in order to establish whether there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction and whether it is in the public interest to do so.”

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Investigation files relating to allegations of non-recent sexual abuse involving a 75-year-old man have been handed over to the CPS … the CPS will now consider the matter and South Yorkshire Police awaits their decision.”

It is now in the hands of the Prosecutors to decide now whether there is a public interest in charging Sir Cliff and if there’s sufficient evidence to do so. A spokesperson for Richards has said, “it would be inappropriate to comment while the matter is under review.”