Inside Gary Glitters Paedo Alcatraz where pervy lags play chess and pet ducks

The prison where disgraced former pop star Gary Glitter is about to be released from has been likened to a “holiday camp for paedos” with activities such as giant chess and duck petting on a farm.

The former glam rock star, 78, is set to be freed just half way into his 16-year prison sentence for child sex offences, as we reported a few days ago.

He is likely to be tagged upon his release, but still has millions in the bank and could live in his London apartment.

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Glitter was caged in 2015 for sex attacks on three girls aged eight to 13 by a judge who said he would have jailed him for longer if he was allowed.

But because his sentence was a determinate term – a fixed period that cannot be reviewed – the Parole Board is not involved.

Parole chiefs can block a prisoner's release if they believe they still pose a risk to the public.

But sources say that despite his appalling crimes, Glitter – real name Paul Gadd – has been a model prisoner and will be freed as early as February.

However, it appears that the prison he has been in – HMP The Verne – is not exactly a hell hole of pain and punishment.

The place had a £3.3 million refurbishment recently, and is a Category C prison.

According to the Government's website: “These prisons are training and resettlement prisons; most prisoners are located in a category C.

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“They provide prisoners with the opportunity to develop their own skills so they can find work and resettle back into the community on release.”

The prison is located on the Isle of Portland, around eight kilometres away from Weymouth.

Each cell has a television and coffee machines, while the complex comes complete with a massive five-a-side astroturf football pitch as well as a koi carp pond.

There is also a farm, where inmates can bask in the sun and grow flowers or pet ducks.

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The inmates can also enjoy a giant outdoor chessboard.

A source speaking to The Sun said: “It’s like a holiday camp in there. To think some of these people have raped children, the public would be disgusted to see how they live.

“Because it’s all sex offenders together they feel safe and there is no trouble.

“They are given special privileges because they are older prisoners who are deemed to be well behaved.”

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Although it's not exactly the standard of your typical Butlins, it looks nicer than some of the UK's worst holiday camps – especially after the multi-million-pound upgrade it has just received.

Glitter was sentenced at Southwark crown court for "depraved and dreadful crimes" against fans in February 2015.

The offences, from 1975 to 1980, included sex with a girl under 13, attempting to rape an eight-year-old, and repeatedly molesting a third girl.

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Judge Alistair McCreath said he wished he could have jailed the pervert for longer but was constrained by sentencing guidelines for offences in the 1970s.

In 2006, he was jailed for three years in Vietnam for attacks there. He was released in 2008.

And in 1999, he was jailed for four months for possessing 4,000 indecent images of children.

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