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Pervert Glitter in flight limbo; EX-ROCKER REMAINS AT THAI AIRPORT.

PAEDOPHILE rock star Gary Glitter was in limbo today after he failed to board a second flight to the UK following his release from a Vietnamese prison.

The Foreign Office said Glitter refused to board the flight from Thailand to England last night and remained in transit, reportedly in a VIP area where travellers can rent small bedrooms airside at Bangkok airport.

A second flight left Bangkok at 12.25pm local time for London but Thai Airways said Glitter, travelling under his real name Paul Gadd, was not aboard.

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said today that Britain cannot enforce Glitter's return but must have a plan if he does come back.

She told GMTV: "I don't want any sex offenders in this country, but the point is, Vietnamese officials have deported him to the UK, so, as we do whenever sex offenders return to this country, we need to plan for what happens when people return."

She said anyone returning to the UK "in these sorts of circumstances" would be met at the airport by police officers and served with an order which effectively puts them on the sex offenders' register.

As she prepared to announce measures to curtail foreign travel by convicted sex offenders, she described Glitter as "despicable" and said it was "pretty hard to imagine it would be legitimate for him to travel abroad again".

Ms Smith said the system for dealing with sex offenders in this country is already very strong, but she plans to strengthen it.

There are plans to issue more foreign travel orders, which prevent sex offenders travelling abroad by taking their passports off them, although this would not apply to every sex offender.

Glitter was released from prison yesterday after serving two years and nine months of a three-year sentence for abusing two girls aged 10 and 11.

It is unlikely Glitter will remain in Thailand for any length of time after being told he would not be allowed out of Bangkok airport unless it was on an international flight.

Police Major General Phongdej Chaiprawat said Glitter was being confined to a transit lounge at the airport.

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