Court bans Gary Glitter from leaving UK over risk to kids oversees

September 30th, 2008 - 5:56 pm ICT by ANI  

Gary Glitter

London, Sept 30 (ANI): A court has banned English rock star Gary Glitter from leaving Britain because of his notoriety as a dangerous paedophile.

The ban came after 64-year-old Glitter, who had been convicted of sexually molesting two girls in Vietnam, applied for leave to visit France and Spain, where the age of consent is 15 and 13 respectively.

The police contended that Glitter could be a considerable risk to children overseas because he would not be monitored properly, and were successful in obtaining a court order from magistrates banning the musician from taking the trip.

Glitter would have faced a psychological assessment when he applied to travel, the Sun quoted Bob McLachlan, former head of Scotland Yards paedophile unit, as saying.

The view has been taken that hes a considerable risk and too dangerous to be allowed to go to Spain or France. At least we know that while hes in this country hell be properly monitored, he added.

The decision is said to have pleased and reassured Home Secretary Jacqui Smith.

HM Court Service confirmed that JPs in Ashford, Kent, approved the police request to stop him.

Shy Keenan, of the Phoenix Survivors group for child sex abuse victims, said: Ive no doubt he chose Spain because of the young age of consent. He should be barred from travelling full stop.

Glitter was not present at court when the decision was made, but was represented by a lawyer. (ANI)

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