Sir Cliff Richard – I’m selling my £3million home after police violated it in child abuse raid
Sir Cliff Richard plans to sell his luxury £3million penthouse in Sunningdale, Berkshire. The house was raided by the police over child abuse claims on August 14, 2014 while he was on holiday in Portugal. He confided in those close to him, saying he feels “violated,” that he feels like he has been ransacked by burglars.
He was on holiday in Portugal when South Yorkshire Police swooped without warning on August 14.
They had received a report of a sex attack on a teenage boy at a Christian rally in Sheffield almost three decades ago.
Now the pop star, who has denied the allegations, is determined to sell his Sunningdale apartment at the earliest opportunity.
‘He is putting the place on the market because he feels it has been violated by the search,’ said the friend. ‘He says he feels it’s akin to having your home ransacked by burglars.
The 73-year-old is said to have been sickened when he learnt detectives were rifling through his belongings as live images of the raid were broadcast around the world by the BBC.
He is a totally innocent man, yet several officers went into his home without any warning, in view of the news cameras, and rifled through his effects. The decision to sell will not have been taken lightly, as Sir Cliff spent years searching for his ideal property in the Home Counties – eventually buying the £3.1million penthouse in 2008.
The Art Deco building has Portland stone columns and bronze-framed windows, and is conveniently near the Surrey office of the Cliff Richard Organisation, which handles his affairs.
The house is not yet on the market because of the police inquiry, but Sir Cliff is said to be anxious to move it on as soon as possible. The sale is likely to be overseen by John McElynn, 60, the former Roman Catholic priest who has been Sir Cliff’s closest companion for the past 15 years and manages all his homes, including a Manhattan apartment and his villa in Barbados.
The singer has chosen to remain at his holiday home in the Algarve after being voluntarily questioned by South Yorkshire Police last month.
A close friend said the star, who has angrily dismissed the allegations dating back to 1985 as completely false, now feels “trapped” as he waits to hear the outcome of the inquiry. See photos below:
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