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Glitter has not 'atoned' for depraved sex attacks on girls

The judge sentencing Gary Glitter has condemned the disgraced singer in the strongest possible terms, saying: "It is difficult to overstate the depravity of this dreadful behaviour."

The 70-year-old's youngest victim was younger than 10 years old when he crept into her bed and tried to rape her in 1975.

Gary Glitter received waved from his fans in the courtroom after being sent down to begin his 16-year sentence. Credit: Priscilla Coleman/ITV News

Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, attacked two girls, aged 12 and 13, after inviting them backstage to his dressing room, and isolating them from their mothers.

"All of this happened because and only because of your fame," Judge Alistair McCreath said. "You kept her in your room all night."

The judge said he noted Glitter had sought out professional help in 2011 but said he was in "no position to decide what your true motivation was in seeking this treatment" and had found no evidence that the former pop star had "atoned" for his offences.

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Gary Glitter's repeat offences led to 16-year jail term

Gary Glitter's 16-year jail term includes a seven-year sentence for one count of attempted rape against his first victim.

That will run consecutively with an eight-year sentence for unlawful sex with a girl under 13.

Gary Glitter was at the height of his fame when he preyed on his vulnerable victims. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

He was also given 12 months imprisonment for the attack on his 13-year-old victim.

Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, was given an additional five years for the remaining three counts of indecent assault, to run concurrently.

Tuition fee cuts would come into force next September

Ed Miliband has said a £3,000 cut to university tuition fees would come into force in September 2016 if Labour are elected.

He told supporters it would will benefit not only those starting degree courses next year, but "those already at university" and slash an average of around £9,000 off each student's debt.

Mr Miliband also said that maintenance grants will be raised by £400 a year, and that Labour is "determined" to help students with their living costs.

Prince Harry 'set to leave armed forces this year'

Prince Harry is set to quit the armed forces later this year to bring his active military career to an end, it has been reported.

The 30-year-old royal, who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan, will serve with units in Australia for "several weeks" before his duties end, according to the Evening Standard.

Prince Harry, known as Captain Wales in the British Army, experienced frontline fighting in Afghanistan. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Archive

Harry is expected to continue to support programmes to help rehabilitate injured service personnel as well as pursuing other charity work, including field projects in Africa.

While refusing to confirm the reports, a spokesperson for Kensington Palace told ITV News:

Prince Harry is currently focused on his work supporting the MoD's recovery capability programme to ensure those who are wounded injured or sick have appropriate recovery plans and the necessary support they require.

It's a natural progression from the work he did organising the Invictus Games.

This involves working alongside case officers in London District's Personal Recovery Unit and visiting various recovery centres and partner agencies (like forces charities and the NHS) around the country.

– Kensington Palace

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Miliband pledges to cut university tuition fees to £6,000

Labour leader Ed Miliband. Credit: pool

Ed Miliband has pledged to cut university tuition fees from £9,00 a year to £6,000.

The Labour leader said if the party were voted in at the General Election they would make life better for young people.

He also pledged to offer:

  • 25 hours of free childcare for every child aged three and four
  • Lower class sizes for five, six and seven-year-olds to 30 or under
  • Guaranteed apprenticeships for teenagers if they get the grades at 18

Glitter did schoolgirl victims 'real and lasting damage'

Gary Glitter did his teenage victims "real and lasting damage", the judge has said while sentencing the disgraced singer to 16 years in jail for historical sex attacks.

Gary Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, seen attending court earlier this month. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Addressing the disgraced singer in a courtroom that included his still-loyal fans gathered in the public gallery, Judge Alistair McCreath described the impact of Glitter's abuse on three girls, then aged 10, 12 and 13.

I have read the victim impact statements of all three victims. It is clear , in their different ways, they were all profoundly effected by your 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.

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.

– Judge Alistair McCreath

Glitter, dressed in a black velvet coat and burgundy scarf, showed no reaction as he was led from the dock at London's Southwark Crown Court after he was sentenced.

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