Glam rock pervert Gary Glitter living in Herne Bay?
PERVY pop paedophile Gary Glitter has reportedly set up home in Herne Bay.
The 64-year-old singer, jailed in 2005 for molesting two girls aged 10 and 11, is allegedly living in Beacon Road – less than 200 yards from Herne Bay Infant School.
Rumours the former glam rock star - famous for hits like Leader of the Gang and Hello, Hello, I'm Back Again - is holed up in the town have spread like wildfire and been fuelled by an alleged sighting of him in the Bun Penny pub.
The 70s chart topper, jailed in 1999 for downloading child porn, is also the talk of school playgrounds with one mum claiming a police source leaked news of the singer's move.
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The mum-of-three, who asked not to be named, said: "My friend knows a policeman who told her Gary Glitter was living in Beacon Road.
"She's got young children and he was warning her to be careful.
"If it is true then I hope it's not long before he sees sense and moves on.
"No one wants him round here. In fact, I can't see anyone wanting him anywhere. He's scum."
Those feelings were echoed by drinkers at the Bun Penny, where Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, was allegedly seen on Sunday afternoon.
One regular, who was playing darts at the time, said: "The bloke looked like him. He had a shaved head and a grey goatee and was with a woman.
"We were taking the p*** out of him but didn't for a second think he might be the real Gary Glitter.
"If we had known at the time, he would have been straight out the door and on his backside.
"I'm surprised he wasn't lingering down at the crazy golf."
Another drinker, father-of-eight Shane Lee, said: "If I saw him now I'd chuck him off the pier.
"He's a filthy pervert and should go back to Vietnam. Wherever he is no children are safe.
"We've all done things wrong in our life but what he's done is unforgivable."
Despite the alleged sighting at the Central Parade pub, staff were adamant the mystery drinker was not Glitter.
A barman said: "He had a shaved head and a beard but was definitely not Gary Glitter.
"If the real Glitter did try and come anywhere near the pub he would quickly be told where to go."
Homeowners in Beacon Road were also disgusted to hear they may have Glitter living in their street.
One mum-of-two, who asked not to be named, said: "I haven't seen or heard anything but I definitely wouldn't want him as a neighbour.
"He's a disgusting old man and shouldn't be allowed anywhere near kids.
"Luckily mine are 16 and 18 so I doubt he'd be interested."
Another resident, Miles Morling, 31, said: "The man is absolute scum and should be put on the first plane back to Vietnam.
"The last thing I want is him knocking on my door asking to borrow a cup of sugar."
A manager at Wetherspoon's pub The Saxon Shore in Central Parade said: "I have heard the rumours that Gary Glitter is in the town but we haven't had any reported sightings of him in the pub."
Herne Bay Infant School head teacher Anne Hooker said she "could not comment on something she didn't know to be factual".
Kent Police would not comment on Glitter's whereabouts.
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FALL FROM GRACE
November 1997 - Arrested after child pornography images found on his laptop by a PC World repairman.
November 1999 - Convicted of possessing child pornography and served two months of a four-month jail term.
2002 - Jailed for three nights in Cambodia on suspicion of sex offences, but not convicted of any crime. Later deported
2005 - Arrested and charged with molesting two under-aged girls, aged 10 and 11, at his home in Vietnam.
Originally faced possible child rape charges carrying the death penalty, but prosecutors could find enough evidence.
2006 - Convicted of committing obscene acts with minors and sentenced to three years' imprisonment.
Continued to deny any wrongdoing, saying he believed he was framed by British tabloid newspapers.
May 2006 - In his first interview in more than eight years to BBC News, Glitter denied any wrong-doing and claimed not to have knowingly had sex with anyone under 18.
August 2008 - Released from prison on August 19.
After 19 countries refused to admit him, he arrived back in the UK at Heathrow Airport on August 22, 2008.
Ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.
December 2008 – Reportedly seen getting on a bus in Margate.