South Yorkshire Police investigation into Sir Cliff Richard cost £800,000

South Yorkshire Police’s investigation into sexual assault allegations against Sir Cliff Richard cost the force nearly £800,000, it has been revealed.

Figures revealed to The Star under the FOI Act show ‘Operation Kaddie’ cost a total of £788,733.84.

The force told the newspaper: “The total number of South Yorkshire Police officers working on Operation Kaddie throughout the lifetime of the operation was 20.”

South Yorkshire Police launched an investigation into 70s pop singer Sir Cliff, 77, in 2014 after a man came forward to claim he was sexually assaulted by him during a Christian concert at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane stadium in the mid 1980s.

The investigation, which lasted two years, involved police officers raiding Sir Cliff’s Berkshire home.

He criticised South Yorkshire Police for telling the BBC about the raid beforehand, leading to his identity being released on air when officers entered his home. Speaking after the Crown Prosecution opted not to press charges, Sir Cliff said: “I was named before I was even interviewed and for me that was like being hung out like live bait.”

Three other men also made allegations, which South Yorkshire Police investigated and prepared files on.

Five other claims were not referred to the CPS. Sir Cliff protested his innocence and was never arrested over the claims, which related to alleged incidents between 1958 and 1983.

A sum of £10,867.99 was spent on hotel fees during the operation, with £5,758.48 spent on hire cars, £1,553.10 on train tickets and £554.50 on other travel expenditure. There was another £3,155.19 of ‘miscellaneous’ costs.