Page last updated at 15:45 GMT, Friday, 16 January 2009

Glitter drops sex register appeal

Gary Glitter arriving at Heathrow Airport
Glitter was imprisoned in Vietnam for sex offences against two girls

Convicted paedophile Gary Glitter has abandoned his legal battle against having to sign the sex offenders register, a court official has said.

The former rock star - real name Paul Gadd - was ordered to sign the register after returning to the UK from Vietnam.

The 64-year-old served almost three years in prison there for sex crimes against two girls.

Harrow Crown Court said he had been due to appear in court next month but his solicitor has withdrawn the appeal.

A court spokesman said the appeal was withdrawn on Wednesday.

In a letter, Glitter's solicitor said his client did not think he would get a fair trial because of media attention on the case.

Travel order

The decision means Glitter's name will remain on the register for life along with his address, date of birth and National Insurance number.

He will be required to notify the police if he moves house, or stays somewhere else for seven days.

The register also requires him to tell police if he intends to travel abroad for three days or more.

In September Glitter was banned for six months from travelling to France and Spain.

Glitter was forced to sign the register when he returned to the UK in August.

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

Breaking the terms of the register is a criminal offence and can lead to a prison sentence of five years.

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