A property belonging to Sir Cliff Richard has been searched by police in relation to an alleged historical sex offence.

The 73-year-old star's property in Berkshire, South East England, has been searched and items have been taken away but no arrests have been made, according to BBC News.

A police spokesman said: ''Police have gained entry to a property in the Sunningdale area of Berkshire. Officers are currently searching the property.

''A search warrant was granted after police received an allegation of a sexual nature dating back to the 1980s involving a boy who was under the age of 16 at the time.

''No one has been arrested and the owner of the property was not present.''

The search is not said to be connected to Operation Yewtree - which was set up in the wake of revelations about the crimes committed by late TV presenter Jimmy Savile - but officers from the operation have been notified.

Sir Cliff - who was born Harry Webb - is one Britain's most successful musicians, having sold over 21.5 million singles, more than any other male British artist, and is the only performer to have had at least one UK top five album in each of the last seven decades.

The 'Move It' hitmaker - who is currently believed to be residing in his home in Portugal - was presented with his knighthood in 1995 and performed at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace in 2012.