Police foil Glitter’s Spanish return plot

LAST UPDATED: 20 Oct, 2008 @ 07:30
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Gary GlitterA PLAN that shamed singer Gary Glitter had hatched to return to Spain has been foiled.

The convicted paedophile, who was deported to the UK from Vietnam this summer, had aimed to spend time on the Costa del Sol, before returning to the Far East on a yacht.

Detectives were able to stop him from fleeing from his current home in Kent, to travel overland through France to Spain.

Police successfully applied for a special court order, preventing him from crossing the Channel.

Glitter – real name Paul Gadd – had spent six months living in Sotogrande before sailing to Cambodia in 2000. The 64-year-old had lived on his 40-foot yacht, then named Voyageur, which was anchored in the marina.

Details of Glitter’s extraordinary escape plot became clear on Sunday after it was revealed that his lawyers attended a Kent magistrates’ court last week.

As a registered sex offender, he is legally obliged to tell police a week in advance of any planned trip abroad.

The new order prevents him from travelling to either France or Spain for the next seven months.

Kent Police have refused to discuss the background to Glitter’s attempted trip, but it is understood that detectives feared that Gadd did not plan to remain in Spain.

They recalled how, after he was released from his first spell in prison in 2000, Glitter set up home on his luxury yacht moored at Sotogrande in southern Spain.

Calling himself Larry Brilliante – the surname is Spanish for ‘glitter’ – he spent his time surfing the internet and drinking in local bars. But when his real identity became known he escaped to Cuba, where he eventually sired a baby with a teenager.

However, he was soon banished from Cubain a crackdown on sex offenders and sailed to his next destination – Cambodia – on board his yacht.

It was in neighbouring Vietnam that Glitter was sentenced to three years in prison for sex crimes involving girls aged 10 and 11.

This weekend it was reported in the UK that Glitter’s boat has recently been refurbished and re-named Cruel Trick II.

The Sun revealed that it had sat in Sotogrande for eight years but had been re-registered 18 months ago.

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