Gary Glitter to return to UK after early release

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Disgraced singer Gary Glitter will be met by police on his return to the UK next week.





The convicted child molester will be released from jail in Vietnam on Tuesday and flown to London, his lawyer said.



Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, was sentenced to three years in prison by a Vietnamese court in March 2006.



When he lands, Glitter will be interviewed by the police and required to sign the sex offenders' register, Home Office sources said. He will then have to tell police where he intends to live and notify them if he moves. He may also be monitored by police and the probation service under Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA).



Glitter, 63, was convicted of carrying out obscene acts with two girls aged 10 and 11. He has served his sentence at Thu Duc prison, about 90 miles from Ho Chi Minh City.



His lawyer, Le Thanh Kinh, said he had bought Glitter's flight to London. It was a requirement of his sentence that he be deported when he had served his time. The singer had said he hoped to stay in the Far East and move to Hong Kong or Singapore. He served half of a four-month sentence in Britain in 1999 for possessing 4,000 child pornography images.



Glitter found fame in the glam rock era in the early 1970s. He had a string of hits including I'm the Leader of the Gang (I Am) and was known for his silver jump suits, platform heels and exuberant stage performances.



A Home Office spokesman said: "We do not comment on individual cases."

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