Residents fury at plans for Paedo Alcatraz prison once home to Gary Glitter

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    Residents have been left furious that they have to live near a specialist prison stuffed full of high-profile sex offenders and paedophiles.

    HMP The Verne in Portland, Dorset, had previously housed Gary Glitter, and those living in the shadow of the behemoth prison have fumed about a potential increase in prisoners.

    Those living near to the infamous prison are said to have been unsettled by plans laid out in February, which have confirmed the increase in prisoner numbers.

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    Not only are the fresh inmates causing concern, but the "eyesore" building saw nearby residents fume at not being consulted about major changes to the area.

    Speaking to The Sun, member of the Portland community Roger Wilson, 75, said: "While the prison does actually provide some employment for people in the community they are far from being a part of the community.

    "No one is consulted on what goes on up there and people look upon it as an eyesore."

    The 75-year-old added there were few communities "that would want the likes of Garry Glitter living on their doorstep".

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    Clem Carter echoed the disgruntled opinions of Mr. Wilson, saying residents in the street would not even know if there were "aliens from outer space" in the prison.

    Clem, a 54-year-old tourist boat captain, said: "There is no local consultation with the people who live in the area. They could hold aliens from outer space and we wouldn’t know about it."

    Even the area itself has been criticised by residents, with Maria O'Connell, 35, saying The Verne was not up to scratch.

    She said: "I would be in favour because although I’m sure security is tight, there are some dangerous inmates up there who could pose a threat to those of us living nearby.

    "I’ve got two small girls and while I’m not particularly worried, as a parent you do have to be aware of the risks that could threaten your children."

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