EXCLUSIVE: HMP The Verne in Dorset prepares full English breakfasts for their inmates, many of whom are serving sentences of 10 years or more for heinous sex crimes. A source described their shock at the report
Kinky pop star Gary Glitter is free to roam the prison where he is serving 16 years for child sex offenses – and even has the keys to his cell.
The policies of HMP The Verne in Dorset were revealed in a glowing report from prison inspectors this week.
Like Glitter, 76, two-thirds of inmates are serving 10 years or more for serious sex crimes.
But a report by Peter Clarke, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons, found that most inmates had their own cells, were “never locked” and were given “free access” around the prison.
The prison, which can house 580 sex offenders, has implemented the key system in hopes of reducing recidivism by treating inmates with respect.
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But a source said: “This kind of treatment with children’s gloves will be shocking for someone as vile as Glitter.”
The report also praised the prison for serving full English breakfasts on weekends, which the report said the prisoners “enjoyed”.
He said: “Despite some buildings dating from the late 19th century, the residential accommodation was well maintained and the overall living environment was warm and reasonably comfortable.”
He added: “Most of the detainees occupied individual rooms, which were clean, tidy and well-equipped.
“All the prisoners had the keys to their rooms. No prisoner was ever locked up and all had relatively free access around the site.
Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, was sentenced to 16 in 2015 for a series of child sex offenses.
He had been a glam rock icon of the 1970s, selling over 20 million records with hits such as I’m the Leader of the Gang (I Am!) And Do You Wanna Touch Me.
But his image collapsed when he was jailed for four months in 1999 for uploading images of child abuse.
In 2006, he was jailed in Vietnam for sexually assaulting two girls aged 11 and 12. He returned to Britain in 2008 and was arrested in 2012, then jailed in 2015.
A spokesperson for the prison administration said: “Like all closed prisons, there are strict security measures. “