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Glitter banned from foreign trip

Gary Glitter
Gary Glitter has been banned from travelling abroad

Paedophile and former pop star Gary Glitter has been banned from travelling to Spain via France.

Because Glitter - whose real name is Paul Gadd - is on the sex offenders register, he had to tell authorities of his travel plans seven days in advance.

Ashford magistrates granted an order requested by Kent Police last Thursday stopping Glitter from travelling.

The 64-year-old has the right to appeal, and the ban applies only to those two countries.

Glitter did not attend last Thursday's hearing but was represented by London-based Corker Binning Solicitors.

A Kent Police spokeswoman said: "Kent Police will do everything necessary to protect children in this country, or abroad."

But she added they would not discuss individual cases or the possible whereabouts of Glitter.

Travel ban

A Foreign Travel Order stops someone from leaving the country.

To obtain one, police have to apply to the courts and prove an individual is at risk of reoffending.

The order can last for up to six months but the person can keep their passport during that time.

Glitter returned to the UK in August after spending 27 months in a Vietnamese jail for abusing two girls.

He was denied entry to Hong Kong and to Thailand after he refused to return to Britain following his deportation.

The Chinese authorities sent him back to Bangkok.

Any offender who has a long history of sexual abuse should be considered a risk and all children wherever they live must be protected

Dr Zoe Hilton
NSPCC policy advisor

Thai authorities then refused to let him stay despite Glitter pleading for medical treatment, saying he was having a heart attack.

He eventually boarded a flight to the UK, returning last month.

He has informed police of the address at which he is living, but the location has been kept secret.

Dr Zoe Hilton, a policy adviser to child protection charity NSPCC, said "Kent Police should be congratulated for taking swift action to prevent Gary Glitter from travelling abroad but we must ensure he continues to be blocked from travelling in the future."

She said the government needs to ensure measures are in place which would stop Glitter and other sex offenders from travelling abroad.

Dr Hilton said: "Any offender who has a long history of sexual abuse should be considered a risk and all children wherever they live must be protected."

Glitter was previously on the sex offenders register for seven years, after he was jailed in the UK for four months in 1999 for possessing images of child abuse.

He became famous as a glam rock star in the 1970s.

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