One of Sir Cliff Richard’s child sex accusers was arrested over an alleged blackmail plot, it emerged yesterday.
The man, said to have ‘serious mental health problems’, contacted an aide of the pop legend demanding money not to spread false allegations about him.
But police were alerted to the scheme and detained the man for questioning.
According to reports the man, in his 40s, was then bailed with conditions banning him from contacting the singer or his PR team.
But the alleged blackmailer then spoke to South Yorkshire Police, the force in charge of the bungled investigation into Sir Cliff, 75.
Detectives fell for his lies and included his allegations in the file sent to the Crown Prosecution Service. The other force later dropped the blackmail case, it was reported.
But apparently it is now safe to take the grandkids past that vineyard he has just down the road this summer.