Sir Cliff Richard: CPS confirms second challenge against decision not to prosecute singer over sex abuse allegations

A second accuser challenged the decision under the victim's right to review scheme

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The Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed it has received a second challenge to its decision not to bring charges against Sir Cliff Richard over historic sex abuse allegations.

Sir Cliff's Berkshire home was raided by police in 2014, and broadcast live on the BBC, after four men came forward with allegations of sexual assault between 1958 and the 1980s. 

In June, the CPS said there was "insufficient evidence" to prosecute Sir Cliff over the claims made by four men. Sir Cliff was never arrested or charged and vehemently denies all the claims. 

Last month, the CPS said they are reviewing the decision not to prosecute the 75-year-old after receiving an application from one of the singer's accusers under the victim's right to review scheme.

A spokesperson for the CPS has now confirmed to the Independent they have received a second request for the review under the scheme. Alleged victims have up to three months to apply for a review after the original decision has been made. 

In June, Sir Cliff said he was "thrilled" at the CPS' decision not to prosecute following South Yorkshire police's investigation and said his life had been turned upside down.

"I have always maintained my innocence and co-operated fully with the investigation and cannot understand why it has taken so long to get to this point," he said. "Nevertheless, I am obviously thrilled that the vile accusations and the resulting investigation has finally been brought to a close."

A spokesman for Sir Cliff Richard said: “Sir Cliff reaffirms his innocence and has every confidence the CPS will come to the right conclusion as soon as possible.“