Update: Gary Glitter Goes into Hiding
Gary Glitter is today believed to be in hiding in Cornwall as his lawyer prepares to fight sex register restrictions on Glitter, real name Paul Gadd. Mr. Gadd is believed to have asked for police protection against self-styled vigilantes.
Police began a risk assessment yesterday after Gary Glitter claimed that he feared being attacked. Officers stressed yesterday that the former glam rocker and convicted paedophile, released last week after nearly three years in a Vietnamese jail for sexual assaults on young girls, would receive no special treatment.
A police spokesman said: "He is not being treated any differently to any other person in these circumstances." The response follows claims that protecting Glitter would be hugely expensive; estimates have varied wildly from £50,000 to £250,000 for a round-the-clock defence from vigilante attacks. He has not so far been put up in a police safe house, a move which is reserved for cases where the danger is proven.
Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, went into hiding yesterday after a media scrum at Heathrow on his return to Britain. Only a handful of officers are thought to have been told of his location, although the 64-year-old is thought to have headed to Cornwall.
The 1970s pop star appeared desperate to keep a low profile yesterday. But last night his legal team suggested that his disappearance will not last for long, and months of court action could be in the pipeline. Glitter has recruited David Corker – the lawyer who represented Michael Barrymore – to help him prevent his name being added to the sex offenders register indefinitely.
Glitter spent seven years on the register after being convicted of storing child pornography on his computer in 1999. He was given a four-month jail sentence.
It has been revealed that INTERPOL sent a note to Thai authorities asking them to refuse to allow Gary Glitter, ex-pop star, convicted child sex offender, to leave Bangkok airport, and after his Singapore bar to entry, it would appear he will not be allowed to settle anywhere in Asia.
It was the third country to bar Glitter in the last two days.
On Tuesday night, Glitter was taken from his prison cell to a flight out of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. He had been booked to change planes in Bangkok en route to London.
He refused to board a flight to England, however, complaining of an earache. Thai authorities would not allow him to pass through immigration, leaving him in limbo.
Lt. Gen. Chatchawal Suksomchit, the chief of Thailand's immigration police, said Glitter was denied entry because under Thai immigration laws those convicted of child sex abuse in a foreign country can be barred.
But another officer said his department received a note from Vietnam and Interpol requesting that Glitter not be allowed entry into Thailand. The official spoke on condition of anonymity since he was not authorized to speak to the press.[/q]
Gary Glitter has spent a day lounging around Bangkok airport after reportedly "faking illness" to avoid boarding the plane to London. After threats by the Thai authorities that he may spend time in gaol indefinitely if he did not leave town fast, Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, fled to Hong Kong. ...They don't want him either...Where does Gary Glitter go from here? South America...?
Chinese authorities informed the UK Foreign Office they had barred Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, 64, after his arrival at 11pm local time (1600 BST).
Earlier he was deported from Vietnam after spending almost three years in jail for sexually abusing two girls.
He flew to Hong Kong from Bangkok after refusing to catch a flight to the UK.
He had boarded a Thai Airways flight to Chinese territory Hong Kong after Thai authorities refused him entry and threatened to deport him to Britain.
Thai Airways confirmed Glitter left Bangkok on flight number TG 602, landing in Hong Kong at 11pm local time (1600 BST).
In case you were thinking that Gary Glitter's flight to London was taking a very long time, it has now been revealed that the disgraced ex-pop star was REFUSED a boarding pass because of a heart attack fear!
Gary Glitter boarded the plane out of Vietnam this morning and was due to arrive on London this afternoon. However, there is no direct flight so the former glamrock star, gaoled three years in a Vietnamese prison for child abuse, has to stopover part of the way.
A "pal" has sensationally revealed that Gary Glitter (real name Paul Gadd) "plans to vanish on the way".
English rock and pop singer turned paedophile Gary Glitter released from prison in Vietnam on August 19, has revealed to a friend that he plans to “vanish completely” during his stopover flight to London.
The friend said that Glitter had boasted on August 18 about how he was “untouchable” and had “money to burn”.
“As there are no direct flights to London, he’s boasted he may just disappear into Asia and start his life afresh,” the Sun quoted his pal as saying.
Disgraced ex-pop star Gary Glitter is due to be released within hours from Thu Duc gaol (0600BST). Although Glitter, real name Paul Francis Gadd, is under a deportation order back to Britain, Glitter's lawyer has stated that Glitter is not obliged to return to Britain.
The former star is due to be driven under police escort to Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City.
He is expected to have a ticket to London - but there are no direct flights to the UK, which allows him the option of buying another ticket when he changes planes.
His lawyer said: "He has served his sentence and the authorities in Vietnam will deport him. He does not have any sentence to serve in London. If he wants to stop wherever he wants to he can do that.
"If he wants to he can change flights."
He added: "The only problem is the countries he wants to go to, because he has to get a visa."
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However, the lawyer said his client told him he wanted to return to the UK, had a ticket to London and was eagerly anticipating his release.
A Foreign Office spokesman said it was "a matter for Mr Gadd and the Vietnamese authorities" where Glitter goes after he is deported.