Israel is Galloping to the Next War in Gaza Israel is heading to the next violent eruption with the Palestinians as though it is some sort of natural disaster that can’t be avoided. By Gideon Levy

The next war will break out in the summer. Israel will give it another childish name and it will take place in Gaza. There’s already a plan to evacuate the communities along the Gaza Strip border.

Israel knows this war will break out, it also knows why – and it’s galloping toward it blindfolded, as though it were a cyclic ritual, a periodical ceremony or a natural disaster that cannot be avoided. Here and there one even perceives enthusiasm.

It doesn’t matter who the prime minister is and who the defense minister is – there’s no difference between the candidates as far as Gaza is concerned. Isaac Herzog and Amos Yadlin are saying nothing of course, and Tzipi Livni is boasting that thanks to her no port was opened in Gaza. The rest of the Israelis aren’t interested in Gaza’s fate either and soon it will be forced to remind them again of its disaster in the only way left to it, the rockets.

Gaza’s disaster is dreadful. No mention of it is made in the Israeli discourse and certainly not in the most dumbed down, hollow election campaign there’s ever been here. It’s hard to believe, but Israelis have invented a parallel reality, cut off from the real one, a callous, unfeeling, denying reality, while all this adversity, most of it of their own making, is taking place a short distance from their homes. Babies are freezing to death under the debris of their homes, youths risk their lives and cross the border fence just to get a food portion in an Israeli lock up. Has anyone heard of this? Does anyone care? Does anyone understand that this is leading to the next war?

Salma lived only 40 days, like the eternity of a butterfly. She was a baby from Beit Hanoun on the northeast of the Gaza Strip, who died last month of hypothermia, after her tiny body froze in the wind and rain that penetrated into the plywood-and-plastic hut she has been living in with her family, since their house was bombed.

“She was frozen like ice cream,” her mother said of the last night of her infant’s life. UNWRA Spokesman Chris Gunness wrote about Salma last in week in the British newspaper the Guardian. Mirwat, her mother, told him that when she was born she weighed 3.1 kilograms. Her three–year– old sister, Ma’ez, is hospitalized due to frostbite.

Ibrahim Awarda, 15, who lost his father in an Israeli bombardment in 2002, was more fortunate. He decided to cross the fence between Gaza and Israel. “I knew I’d be arrested,” he told the New York Times reporter in Gaza last week. “I told myself, maybe I’ll find a better life. They gave me good food and then threw me back.”

Ibrahim was held for about a month in two prisons in Israel before being tossed back to the destruction, squalor, hunger and death. Three hundred Gazans drowned in the sea last September, in a desperate attempt to leave the prison Strip. Eighty-four Gazans were arrested by the Israel Defense Forces in the last six months after trying to enter Israel, most of them just to flee from the hell they live in. Nine more were arrested this month.

Atiya al-Navhin, 15, also tried to enter Israel in November, just to escape his fate. He was shot by IDF soldiers, treated in two Israeli hospitals and returned to Gaza in January. Now he’s lying paralyzed and unable to speak in his home.

Some 150,000 homeless people live in Gaza and about 10,000 refugees in UNRWA shelters. The organization’s budget was spent after the world totally ignored its commitment to contribute $5.4 billion to rebuild Gaza. The commitment to negotiate lifting the blockade on Gaza – the only way to avoid the next war and the one after it – has also been broken. Nobody talks about it. It’s not interesting. There was a war, Israelis and Palestinians were killed in it for nothing, let’s move on to the next war.

Israel will again pretend to be surprised and offended – the cruel Arabs are attacking it with rockets again, for no reason.

Criminal investigation – Operation Fernbridge Westminster paedophile dossier

Criminal investigation – Operation Fernbridge

A full criminal investigation, Operation Fernbridge, was launched as a result of allegations that arose from Operation Fairbank. Two men, a Catholic priest from Norwich, and a man understood to be connected to the Grafton Close children’s home in Richmond, were arrested on suspicion of sexual offences and questioned by child investigation officers from Operation Fernbridge in February 2013 A third arrest, of a 69-year-old man, took place in July 2013. A trial against Tony McSweeney, the Catholic priest, started at Southwark Crown Court in February 2015. However John Stingemore, who formerly worked for Richmond Council, was found dead at his homWestminster paedophile dossiere in January 2015 whilst still awaiting trial.The two men have always denied the charges against them.

Operation Fernbridge is being supported by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre and Richmond Social Services. In June 2013 it was reported that seven police officers were working on the case and were following more than 300 leads.[14] In July 2014, the Metropolitan Police confirmed that they had more than tripled the number of officers working on the case, announcing that 22 officers were working on the operation.In 1983, Conservative MP Geoffrey Dickens compiled a dossier, telling his family it was “explosive” and would “blow the lid” on powerful and famous child abusers. The dossier was handed over to the then Home Secretary, Leon Brittan, who acknowledged receipt in a letter and suggested the police had been informed. The dossier was subsequently lost. The Observer revealed on 5 July 2014 that the Dickens dossier was just one of 114 potentially relevant files found to be missing by officials when they did their initial search. The chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee Keith Vaz said that files had been lost “on an industrial scale”. In July 2014, Prime Minister David Cameron ordered an enquiry into the missing Dickens dossier, and a subsequent inquiry by Peter Wanless and Richard Whittam QC failed to find the dossier or missing files.

Allegations of impropriety by police officers

The Independent on Sunday reported early in 2014 that the police’s Professional Standards Directorate was examining potential criminal offences by undercover officers at the time of a police raid on Elm Guest House in June 1982. The raid took place while two officers were at the premises posing as guests. A former masseur, Lee Towsey, then aged 16 (under the homosexual age of consent at the time), alleged he had sex with two undercover officers at the guest house.

Operation Hedgerow

In March 2013, The Independent on Sunday reported that Colin Peters, a Foreign Office barrister, was a regular visitor to Elm Guest House, where he allegedly abused boys. In 1989, Peters was jailed for being part of a network of paedophiles who abused over a hundred children. Peters’ conviction followed an investigation known as Operation Hedgerow, which recorded 650 offences against 150 boys. The Independent on Sunday described Peters as being “a key figure behind one of the UK’s most extensive paedophile rings”. He was jailed in 1989 for eight years for sexual offences, conspiracy to commit a sexual offence and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

The paedophile ring lured young boys into prostitution. Reports at the time said the ring “was used by highly placed civil servants and well-known public figures”, but police did not have “the evidence or manpower to pursue them in court”. In 1989, The Glasgow Herald reported that the paedophile ring resembled the Mafia in its organisation and strength and included “well-placed and influential professional people linked to Westminster and Whitehall”.

One of the boys allegedly abused by Colin Peters at Elm Guest House was a Grafton Close care-home resident, Peter Hatton-Bornshin, who later killed himself. One alleged Elm Guest House victim said that he was also trafficked to an Amsterdam brothel – where he was allegedly abused by a prominent politician.

Operation Cayacos

A spin-off inquiry, Operation Cayacos, is an investigation into historical claims of child abuse by a paedophile ring linked to Peter Righton. The investigation is being conducted by the Metropolitan Police.

2014 allegations

In April 2014, Simon Danczuk MP said he was convinced there had been a “network of paedophiles” operating in the House of Commons who helped to protect Liberal MP Cyril Smith. Claims were made that a 16-year-old boy had been abused by Smith at Elm Guest House. Allegations had earlier been reported in The Independent that Smith had used rent boys under the age of 16 and in local authority care at Elm Guest House. After it emerged that a dossier of claims made by former MP Geoffrey Dickens had apparently disappeared, Danczuk referred to the police investigation into events at the guest house, when he called for former Home Secretary Leon Brittan to clarify what he knew about allegations made in the 1980s of paedophiles operating in Westminster.It was reported by The Guardian that events at the guest house were at “the heart” of the “long-simmering sex scandal”.

Retired child protection team manager Peter McKelvie, whose claims formed part of the Operation Fernbridge investigation, said in July 2014 that more than ten current and former politicians were on a list of alleged child abusers held by police investigating claims of a Westminster paedophile ring. Several, including Cyril Smith and Peter Morrison, were no longer alive, but other alleged abusers were reportedly still active in Parliament.McKelvie believes there are sufficient grounds to arrest at least one senior politician.McKelvie said that evidence of a powerful paedophile ring had been covered up in 1992. He told Labour MP Tom Watson that the police had discovered letters implicating powerful individuals in a paedophile network.

The Daily Telegraph reported in July 2014 that a senior Conservative politician being investigated as part of Operation Fernbridge had allegedly been stopped by a customs officer with child pornography in the 1980s. A border guard, who is now retired, told detectives that when he searched the MP’s car he found videotapes of children “clearly under the age of 12” taking part in sex acts. He passed the material on to his superiors, but the MP was never arrested or charged over the alleged child pornography seizure. A senior Conservative politician has been accused of abusing a young boy at Elm Guest House, but it was reported that police were understood to have insufficient evidence to take any action. The same newspaper reported a few days later that a statement had been given by a child in 1982 alleging that he was abused at Elm Guest House by a senior political figure. It was reported that Operation Fernbridge detectives had closely examined the case of the eight-year-old alleged victim. Detectives also interviewed a retired police officer who had been involved in the original Elm Guest House investigation and who had interviewed the alleged victim at the time. The eight-year-old boy had reportedly been rescued from Elm Guest House after allegedly suffering what was described as a “horrific sexual assault” by the leading political figure.

Also in July 2014, there were calls for the late Conservative MP Sir Nicholas Fairbairn, a former Solicitor General for Scotland, to be posthumously investigated after being linked to child abuse allegations at Elm Guest House. It was alleged that Fairbairn, who died in 1995 aged 61, was one of a number of politicians who visited the guest house in June 1982. Photographs were allegedly taken of Fairbairn – as well as Cyril Smith – at the guest house. Fairbairn was linked to alleged abuse of boys in a sauna at Elm Guest House.In 2000, the daughter of a prominent Scottish lawyer alleged that Fairbairn, a former legal adviser to Margaret Thatcher, was part of a paedophile ring. Pete Wishart, an SNP MP, who represents Fairbairn’s former constituency of Perth, called for the allegations to be fully examined. He said: “If there is any evidence that Sir Nicholas Fairbairn was involved in the abuse of children it should be looked at and properly investigated.”

Barry Strevens, an ex-detective chief inspector for Cheshire police and former bodyguard to Margaret Thatcher, claimed he warned her that one of her aides, Peter Morrison, allegedly held sex parties with under-age boys. Strevens said that despite passing on the allegations to Thatcher she later promoted Morrison to the position of deputy chairman of the Conservative party. Morrison died in 1995 aged 51, and has since been linked to alleged sex abuse at children’s homes in north Wales, and the alleged rape of a 14-year-old boy at Elm Guest House.Three years after Morrison died it was first reported in 1998 that he had been arrested for molesting underage boys during his career. He received a police caution and was never charged with any crime during his lifetime. In 2002, former Conservative minister Edwina Currie described Morrison as a “notable pederast”.

Former cabinet minister Norman Tebbit said in July 2014 that there “may well have been” a political cover-up of child sex abuse in the 1980s. Tebbit, who served in various ministerial roles under Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s, said that the culture at the time was to protect “the establishment”. He said that it was seen as “more important to protect the system than to delve too far into claims”. Tebbit stated that he felt this view was “wrong”. Former Labour health minister Lord Warner said that powerful people in the 1980s targeted children’s homes that served as a “supply line” for paedophiles. He described the sexual abuse of children as a “power drive”. Warner said that insufficient action was taken to deal with child abuse in the 1980s because there was “disbelief in the public mind”.

In an interview with The Guardian in November 2014, Labour MP Tom Watson said: “There is no doubt in my mind that sexual abuse by powerful figures took place.” Watson said that he was aware of the name of the senior aide of a former Prime Minister who allegedly smuggled indecent images of children from abroad, but that it would be wrong for him to name the individual. Watson said: “In one particular case of one person, there have been multiple allegations from unrelated people, some more credible than others, about severe cases of abuse. And in my mind I’m pretty certain that the person has broken the law and abused kids.”

Two journalists – the former news editor of the Surrey Comet, Hilton Tims, and the former editor of the Bury Messenger, Don Hale – both stated in November 2014 that they had been served with D-notices, or warnings not to publish material that might damage national security, during the 1980s. Tims stated that the notice was issued directly after the newspaper began investigating rumours of activities at the guest house. Hale said that he was threatened with a D-notice after starting to investigate a file given to him by Barbara Castle, which contained details of a Home Office investigation into Geoffrey Dickens’ allegations of a paedophile ring. According to Hale, the threat of a D-notice was given by police who came into his office the day after he had received a visit from Cyril Smith, whom Hale described as “aggressive”.

The Scottish Sunday Express published a claim in November 2014 that in 1985 a Scottish solicitor and former vice-chairman of the Scottish National Party, Willie MacRae, had evidence about paedophiles in the Scottish and English establishments. On 5 April 1985, MacRae’s car crashed on a remote stretch of the A87 road in Inverness-shire, he was shot in the head with a revolver and left to die. The evidence was supposedly in a briefcase in McRae’s car at the time but disappeared. The gun was recovered some distance from the car, but there were no fingerprints. In 2006, a former policeman, Iain Fraser, who worked as a private investigator after leaving the police, said he was asked by a mystery client to spy on McRae three weeks before he died. Fraser added to calls for a public inquiry into the death. Repeated requests for an official inquiry into MacRae’s death have been turned down.

In December 2014, a survivor of alleged “VIP abuse parties” said that he and other children were taken for weekend trips to Pimlico in the early 1980s. He said that he was abused growing up in care in north Wales and was taken to central London aged 11 or 12, where he was raped. He has been interviewed by police officers investigating the claims. The alleged victim said that children were plied with alcohol, taken into bedrooms and forced into sexual acts with various older men including MPs and government ministers. He said that other survivors have since died or in some cases have taken their own lives. The survivor of the alleged abuse said that he did not have faith in the Home Office or the Government to protect the victims.

Labour MP John Mann gave Scotland Yard detectives evidence in December 2014, relating to 22 political figures suspected of involvement in Westminster paedophile rings, including three serving MPs and three members of the House of Lords. The list of those alleged to have been involved in child sex abuse included fourteen Conservative politicians, five Labour politicians and three from other parties. Thirteen former ministers were among the list, of whom at least two were alleged to have assaulted young boys at “abuse parties” held at the Dolphin Squareapartment block in central London. Mann said that some of his sources were highly placed officials within institutions, and that he believed the complexity of child abuse networks at the heart of government in the 1970s and 1980s had been seriously underestimated.

2015 allegations

In January 2015, an academic researcher found in The National Archives a reference to a file regarding allegations of “unnatural” sexual behaviour taking place at Westminster that probably went to the Prime Minister in the early 1980s. The file was entitled “Allegations against former public [missing word] of unnatural sexual proclivities; security aspects 1980 Oct 27 – 1981 Mar 20.” The file remains classified as it contained information from the security services and Law Officers. The Cabinet Office stated that any pertinent files would be made available to the forthcoming Independent Panel Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.[

After the former Home Secretary Leon Brittan died in January 2015, he was accused of “multiple child rape”. Labour MP Tom Watson said he had spoken to two people who claimed they were abused by Brittan, including a man who alleged he had been attacked more than a dozen times as a boy. The alleged victim also said he had seen Brittan assault others. Watson said that he – along with others, including media organisations – had known of the accusations but had decided not to speak out for fear of prejudicing any jury trial that Brittan might have one day faced. Watson said he believed the alleged victims he had spoken to were “sincere”.[54]

The Independent on Sunday reported allegations that Leon Brittan had abused a pre-pubescent boy at Elm Guest House in summer 1982. The boy had been taken to a safe venue by police after being abused by several people, one of whom was allegedly Brittan. In 1990, Chris Fay, a campaigner for the National Association of Young People in Care, claimed on oath that Brittan had been involved in abuse and that in March 1990 he had seen a photograph of Brittan in a French maid’s uniform, with a young boy. The picture had been shown to him by Carole Kasir, co-owner of the Elm Guest House, who died weeks later.[55]

Allegations were reported that Brittan had been photographed attending a rent boy orgy in 1986. It was alleged that young boys were picked up at Kings Cross, London and dropped off at a north London building to be repeatedly raped, but the day before the planned arrests of Brittan and other high-profile figures including the Liberal MP Cyril Smith, the 1986 investigation was inexplicably disbanded.

Operation Midland and homicide allegations[

On 14 November 2014, Scotland Yard said that it was setting up a related investigation, Operation Midland, withhomicide officers. This would examine claims made in November 2014 about a possible homicide over 30 years earlier.[4] The Metropolitan Police later stated on 18 December 2014 that they were investigating three alleged homicides as part of the inquiry, and appealed for further information regarding activities at the Dolphin Squaredevelopment in Pimlico in the 1970s and 1980s. They also said that they were also looking at events elsewhere in London and at military establishments.

Operation Midland arose from claims by a man aged in his 40s who was a child at the time of the alleged incidents.The man claimed that he was given to a powerful group of paedophiles by his father and was taken to hotels and apartments, including the Dolphin Square development, where he was physically and sexually abused by “senior military and political” figures. He claimed to have witnessed three murders by members of the group: one 12-year old boy was strangled to death by a sitting Conservative MP; another boy was murdered at an orgy at which a Conservative MP was also present; and another abuser struck and killed a 10-year old boy with his car to intimidate other victims. The officer leading the investigation into the alleged murders, Detective Superintendent Kenny McDonald, said in December 2014 that experienced officers had concluded that the allegations were “credible and true”.

The father of a murdered child said in November 2014 that he believed the child may have died at the hands of a paedophile ring involving high-profile individuals. Eight-year-old Vishal Mehrotra went missing in July 1981 in Putney, less than a mile from the Elm Guest House in Rocks Lane, Barnes. Seven months later the upper half of his torso was found buried in woodland in West Sussex. Vishambar Mehrotra, a retired magistrate, said that he fears the Metropolitan police covered up links between his son’s killing and activities at Elm Guest House. In May 1983 the inquiry into Vishal Mehrotra’s death was wound up by the police. Vishal Mehrotra’s murder was linked at the time by detectives to the activities of Sidney Cooke. Police investigated the paedophile ring involving Cooke in a major inquiry known as Operation Orchid, after they received intelligence that the ring could have abducted and killed up to 20 children. Vishambar Mehrotra said he was contacted by a man a few months after his son’s disappearance who suggested the boy’s abduction might be connected to the activities of a group of “powerful, high-profile” paedophiles who frequented Elm Guest House. He said that he taped the phone call and passed it onto detectives investigating his son’s abduction, but the information was never followed up. Mehrotra said: “It is clear to me that there has been a huge cover up. There is no doubt in my mind.”

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said in November 2014 that allegations Scotland Yard helped “cover up” the death of Vishal Mehrotra at the hands of a Westminster paedophile ring were “grotesque”. He called for an investigation to be launched into the claims. Clegg said: “We are in the early stages of a reckoning with our past of things happening on a scale and of a gravity which just a few months ago would have seemed unimaginable and almost too horrific to contemplate. The task is to peel back the layers of deception that appear to have happened in the past.” The chief executive of the child-abuse charity NAPAC, Peter Saunders, said that a full-scale investigation needed to be launched into the allegations. Saunders said: “It seems beyond doubt that dreadful things, including murder have been perpetrated and that much has been covered up.”

In December 2014, the brother of a 15-year-old who went missing in the late 1970s claimed that the teenager was among the victims abused by members of an alleged historic Westminster paedophile ring. Kevin Allen told ITV Newshe was “convinced” there had been “a massive cover-up” in relation to the disappearance of his brother Martin Allen from London in 1979.

The Daily Telegraph reported in January 2015 that police were investigating a possible link between former Conservative Party deputy chairman Peter Morrison and the unsolved murder of eight-year-old Vishal Mehrotra in 1981. A 46-year-old man alleged that Morrison raped him in Elm Guest House when he was aged 14, and claimed Scotland Yard covered it up. The alleged victim said he was walking in the village of Harting in 1982 when Morrison gave him some money and later lured him to London. Months earlier the torso of Vishal Mehrotra had been found buried in woodland less than two miles away from Harting in West Sussex.

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Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek Legend, Dies Aged 83


TMZ broke the news Monday that Nimoy was rushed to an L.A. hospital as a precautionary measure last Thursday after suffering from chest pains.

Nimoy announced last year that he’d been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, 30 years after giving up smoking.

According to the National Institutes of Health, COPD is a progressive disease, prominently affecting middle-aged or older adults, which makes it difficult to breathe. Smoking is the primary cause. While it is manageable, it can get worse over time and there is no cure. Currently, COPD is the third-leading cause of death in the United States.


Leonard Simon Nimoy ; March 26, 1931 – February 27, 2015) was an American actor, film director, poet, singer and photographer. Nimoy was best known for his role as Spock in the originalStar Trek series (1966–69), and in multiple film, television, and video game sequels.

Nimoy began his career in his early twenties, teaching acting classes in Hollywood and making minor film and television appearances through the 1950s, as well as playing the title role in Kid Monk Baroni. Foreshadowing his fame as a semi-alien, he played Narab, one of three Martian invaders in the 1952 movie serial Zombies of the Stratosphere.

In 1953, he served in the United States Army. In 1965, he made his first appearance in the rejected Star Trek pilot, “The Cage“, and would go on to play the character of Mr. Spock until 1969, followed by eight feature films and guest slots in the various spin-off series. His character of Spock has had a significant cultural impact and garnered Nimoy three Emmy Award nominations; TV Guide named Spock one of the 50 greatest TV characters.[3][4] After the original Star Trek series, Nimoy starred inMission: Impossible for two seasons, hosted the documentary series In Search of…, and narrated Civilization IV, as well as making several well-received stage appearances. More recently, he also had a recurring role in the science fiction series Fringe.

Nimoy’s fame as Spock was such that both of his autobiographies, I Am Not Spock (1975) and I Am Spock (1995), were written from the viewpoint of sharing his existence with the character




Leonard Nimoy
Nimoy in 2011
Born Leonard Simon Nimoy
March 26, 1931
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died February 27, 2015 (aged 83)[1]
Bel Air, California, U.S.[1]
Occupation Actor, film director, poet, photographer, singer, songwriter
Years active 1951–2015[2]
Television Star Trek
Children Adam Nimoy
Julie Nimoy








his glitter will tarnish and fade .Gary Glitter jailed for 16 years for sexual assault of three schoolgirlsFormer glam rock star, real name Paul Gadd, sentenced for six sex offences against three girls, aged between eight and 13, in 1970s and 80s

Former glam rock star, real name Paul Gadd, sentenced for six sex offences against three girls, aged between eight and 13, in 1970s and 80s

The former glam rock singer Gary Glitter faces the prospect of dying in jail after being sentenced to 16 years for sexually abusing three schoolgirls.

The 70-year-old, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was found guilty of one count of attempted rape, one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 13, and four counts of indecent assault. All six offences were committed in the 1970s and 80s.

Glitter, dressed in a black velvet coat and burgundy scarf, showed no reaction as he was led from the dock after he being sentenced at Southwark crown court in London on Friday.

There was standing room only in the court as loyal fans of the singer gathered in the public gallery to watch the sentencing.

Judge Alistair McCreath said: “I have read the victim impact statements of all three victims. It is clear, in their different ways, they were all profoundly affected 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.”

He added: “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.”

He said earlier that the guidelines dictated that he must take the current sentencing options into account.

Glitter, from Marylebone, central London, had denied the allegations against him.

He was cleared at trial of one count of plying a girl under 13 with alcohol in order to facilitate sexual intercourse, and two further counts of indecent assault.

Habitual sexual predator Glitter was jailed after being found guilty following a three week-long trial. He was at the height of his fame when he preyed on his vulnerable victims who thought no one would believe their words over that of a celebrity.

He attacked two girls, aged 12 and 13, after inviting them backstage to his dressing room, and isolating them from their mothers.

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

But the allegations came to light only around nearly 40 years later when Glitter became the first person to be arrested under operation Yewtree – the investigation launched by the Met in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Sentencing Glitter, McCreath branded his abuse of a girl under 10 as “appalling”. He continued: “It is difficult to overstate the depravity of this dreadful behaviour.”

Referring to the second girl who he attacked after a nightclub performance, the judge added: “The 12-year-old victim came with her mother to one of your concerts.

“You invited them both to your hotel and created a situation in which her mother was taken out of your suite of rooms to another place, leaving you with this sexually inexperienced child.

“All of this happened because and only because of your fame. You kept her in your room all night.”

He concluded: “I note that in 2011 you sought out professional help to understand your sexual attitudes and behaviour.

“I am in no position to decide what your true motivation was in seeking this treatment, whether it was to come to terms with your past and to change your attitudes and behaviour or it was to persuade the authorities to allow you to travel abroad.

“But one thing is certain and important in the context of this sentencing exercise. Whatever changes may have been effected in you by this treatment, they did not include any admission at all on your part of the wrong that you had done, in particular of the offences of which you now stand convicted.”

The judge reiterated that he found no evidence that Glitter had “atoned” for his offences.

Glitter suffered a spectacular fall from grace in 1999 when he admitted possessing 4,000 child pornography images and was jailed for four months in 1999.

In 2002 Glitter was expelled from Cambodia over unspecified allegations, and in March 2006 he was convicted of sexually abusing two girls, aged 10 and 11, in Vietnam.

Glitter was jailed for seven years for one count of attempted rape against his first victim, to run consecutively with an eight year sentence for unlawful sex with a girl under 13 – the second girl.

He was given 12 months imprisonment for the attack on his 13-year-old victim. He was sentenced to an additional five years imprisonment for the remaining three counts of indecent assault, to run concurrently.

Responding to the 16-year sentence, Mark Castle, chief executive of the charity Victim Support, praised the courage of the shamed singer’s victims. He said: “Glitter was convicted not because of forensic evidence or eyewitness accounts, but because jurors saw through his lies and believed his victims’ testimony.

“This prison sentence is testament to the courage Glitter’s victims showed in reporting their ordeal and bravely confronting this serial paedophile in court.”

Scotland Yard said it had received other information in light of Glitter’s conviction, which was “currently being assessed”.