We're fuming after Gary Glitter moved next door to our home – I've told our kids what to do if they see him | The Sun

GARY Glitter's new neighbours say they fear for their kids' safety after the pop paedo was released from jail.

The pervert, 78, has been housed in a secret bail hostel close to a housing estate after serving just half of his 16-year sentence.

Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, was released from HMP The Verne on the Isle of Portland, Dorset, under the cover of darkness on Friday.

His strict licence conditions state he is prohibited from going anywhere near schools, playgrounds or swimming pools.

But families living nearby say they are concerned and have slammed the decision to move him close to ten schools.

Dad Jonathan Wilson said he has reminded his children, aged three, four and seven, not to speak to strangers.

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He told DorsetLive: "Our children play in the woods which back onto their property, and we had to tell our kids like, don’t talk to them, don’t go near anyone there.

"Personally, I don’t like those sort of people full stop, the fact they’re slap bang in the middle of where we live. Talk about taking the p*** out of society.

"This is enemy number one, and they’ve released them into the community."

Jonathan said people in the area were "pretty emotional" when Glitter arrived.

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He added: "People don’t want him around, certainly not in the middle of where people live.

"You’d think these people would be moved in the middle of a field, not where kids are."

Not long after Glitter arrived, cops were called after vigilantes climbed gates and stormed the grounds.

Angry locals turned up when the location was shared on social media and screamed abuse at those leaving.

It comes after we revealed the pop paedo was being treated like "royalty" and having his meals delivered to his room.

The pervert is said to be “really happy and upbeat” at the hostel following his release from HMP Verne in Dorset in the early hours of Friday morning. 

He was settled in and fitted with a GPS tag, before being reminded of his strict licence conditions.

They include abiding by a nightly curfew, a ban on working without prior approval, no travel outside the UK and no contact with the media.

He is also barred from living with anyone under the age of 18 and cannot go near schools, playgrounds or swimming pools.

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: "Sex offenders like Paul Gadd are closely monitored by the police and Probation Service and face some of the strictest licence conditions including being fitted with a GPS tag.

"If the offender breaches these conditions at any point, they can go back behind bars.

"We’ve already introduced tougher sentences for the worst offenders and ended the automatic halfway release for serious crimes."

Glitter was one of the UK’s biggest glam rock stars of the 1970s and a familiar face on BBC TV chart show Top of the Pops.

He had a string of hits including three UK No 1 singles: I’m the Leader of the Gang (I Am!), I Love You Love Me Love and Always Yours.


Glitter’s fall from grace began in 1997 when he took a laptop into a Bristol branch of PC World for repair and an engineer found child abuse images on the hard drive. 

Two years later the singer was jailed for four months after a total of 4,000 images were found by police in a subsequent investigation.

He emigrated on release, before being kicked out of Cambodia in 2002 amid claims of committing sex crimes.

Four years later he was jailed in neighbouring Vietnam for molesting two girls, one aged just ten.

He escaped serious charges of child rape — which carried a death sentence — and returned to the  UK in 2008. 

Glitter was forced to sign the sex offender register but he was arrested once again in 2012 at his multimillion-pound home in Westminster.

Police would later describe him as a “habitual sexual predator who took advantage of the star status afforded to him."

And in 2015 he was convicted of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one of having sex with a girl under 13 in the 1970s and 1980s.

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