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Paedophile Paul Gadd aka Gary Glitter Jailed For 16 Years

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Former pop star Gary Glitter has been jailed for a total of 16 years for sexually abusing three young girls between 1975 and 1980.

Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was sentenced for attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one of having sex with a girl under 13.

Sentencing, Judge Alistair McCreath said he could find “no real evidence” that Gadd had atoned for his crimes.

The 70-year-old showed no emotion as he left the dock at Southwark Crown Court.

Judge McCreath told Gadd that it was clear his victims “were all profoundly affected” by his abuse of them.

“You did all of them real and lasting damage and you did so for no other reason than to obtain sexual gratification for yourself of a wholly improper kind,” he said.

Judge McCreath said the guidelines dictated that he must take the current sentencing options into account for the historical offences.

He said: “The offences for which I must pass sentence today took place many years ago at a time when in particular, in respect of one of them, the maximum sentence was considerably lower than that which is now available.”
‘Isolated life’

Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC, defending, told the court that Gadd had been subject to a “very high degree of vilification” and “demonification” in the press after being jailed in Vietnam in 2006 for molesting two girls aged 11 and 12.

She said he had led “an increasingly isolated life” for the last decade and had been unable to walk down the street “without being the subject of vilification”.

Gadd was found guilty at the end of a three-week-long trial earlier this month.

He had been at the height of his fame when he attacked two girls aged 12 and 13 after inviting them backstage to his dressing room.

His youngest victim had been less than 10 years old when he crept into her bed and tried to rape her in 1975.

The allegations came to light only years later when Gadd became the first person to be arrested under Operation Yewtree – the investigation launched by the Met in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

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Cliff Richard’s home searched by police investigating sexual abuse claim

Allegations date back to 1980s and involve boy aged under 16

Sir Cliff Richard

Sir Cliff Richard’s house in Berkshire has been searched by South Yorkshire police. Photograph: Jakubaszek/Getty Images

Detectives investigating a claim of sexual abuse have searched a property belonging to Sir Cliff Richard.

The home in Sunningdale in Berkshire is currently still being searched after police gained a warrant.

The allegations date back to the 1980s and involve a boy who was aged under 16 at the time.

The search of the Berkshire property was confirmed by police when asked about BBC reports that the home belonged to Richard.

The investigation is being carried out by South Yorkshire police.

In a statement South Yorkshire police said: “South Yorkshire police has gained entry to a property in the Sunningdale area of Berkshire.

“Officers are currently searching the property.

“A search warrant was granted after police received an allegation of a sexual nature dating back to the 1980s involving a boy who was under the age of 16 at the time.

“No one has been arrested and the owner of the property was not present.”

Rolf Harris charged with indecent assault on girls

TV presenter Rolf Harris has been charged with nine counts of indecent assault and four of making indecent images of children, police have said.

Mr Harris was first arrested in March by officers investigating historical allegations of child sexual abuse.

Six offences relate to the indecent assault of a girl aged 15-16 between 1980 and 1981 and three relate to a girl aged 14 in 1986.

The indecent images of children were alleged to have been made last year.

Mr Harris, 83, of Bray, Berkshire, will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 23 September. Mr Harris’ lawyers have not publicly responded to the charges.

Operation Yewtree

Alison Saunders, chief Crown prosecutor for London, said: “Having completed our review, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Mr Harris to be charged with nine counts of indecent assault and four of making indecent images of a child.

“The alleged indecent assaults date from 1980 to 1986 and relate to two complainants aged 14 and 15 at the time of the alleged offending.”

Mr Harris was arrested as part of Operation Yewtree, which was set up in the wake of allegations against the former BBC Radio 1 DJ and TV presenter Jimmy Savile.

Operation Yewtree has three strands – one is looking specifically at the actions of Savile, while the second strand concerns allegations against “Savile and others”.

Mr Harris was arrested as part of the third strand, which relates to alleged complaints against other people unconnected to the Savile investigation – who the police term “others”.

Mr Harris has been a fixture on British TV screens for more than 40 years, having arrived in the UK from his native Australia in 1952.

He has been honoured in the UK three times, first as a Member of the British Empire in 1968 (MBE), then an OBE in 1977 and in 2006 he was advanced to a CBE.

In June 2012 he was awarded one of Australia’s highest honours when he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s birthday list.