Court ban on travel for Gary Glit­ter

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - by Sarah Mar­shall smar­shall@thek­m­group.co.uk

KENT Po­lice say they can­not com­ment on whether or not pae­dophile Gary Glit­ter is liv­ing in the bor­ough af­ter it was re­vealed Ash­ford mag­is­trates last week im­posed a ban on his bid to travel abroad.

Late last Thurs­day, mag­is­trates sanc­tioned the travel ban on the for­mer pop star, whose real name is Paul Gadd, pre­vent­ing him from leav­ing the coun­try and trav­el­ling to Spain via France.

The 64-year-old, who re­turned to the UK in Au­gust af­ter serv­ing a jail sen­tence in Viet­nam for child sex of­fences, did not ap­pear at the hear­ing.

Un­der the terms of be­ing on the Sex Of­fend­ers Reg­is­ter, Gadd is not per­mit­ted to travel without ap­ply­ing to the po­lice a week in ad­vance.

In a state­ment, Kent Po­lice said: “Pro­tect­ing the res­i­dents of Kent is the para­mount con- cern of Kent Po­lice and we work closely to mon­i­tor the be­hav­iour of reg­is­tered sex of­fend­ers in the county to min­imise any risk to the pub­lic that may ex­ist.

“How­ever, we will not dis­cuss whether or not a named per­son is on the Sex Of­fend­ers Reg­is­ter in Kent, or the cir­cum­stances of in­di­vid­ual cases.”

A spokesman for Ash­ford mag­is­trates added: “On Septem­ber 25 at Ash­ford Mag- is­trates’ Court, Kent Po­lice ap­plied for and were suc­cess­ful in an ap­pli­ca­tion to pre­vent for­eign travel to France and Spain un­til March 25, 2009, by Mr Paul Gadd.

“Paul Gadd did not at­tend in per­son.”

IT IS un­clear whether the travel ap­pli­ca­tion was made at Ash­ford mag­is­trates be­cause Paul Gadd is liv­ing in the area or be­cause he planned to travel from Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional sta­tion.

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