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Disgraced sex offender Rolf Harris seen publicly for first time in three years

Mirror logo Mirror 19/03/2017 Jamie Bullen

Harris was driven to Wolverhampton’s New Cross Hospital. © Provided by Trinity Mirror. Harris was driven to Wolverhampton’s New Cross Hospital. Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris has been spotted in public for the first time in nearly three years after he was caged for child sex crimes.

The 86-year-old Australian was caught on camera as he was taken to a hospital appointment outside prison.

Harris dressed in a grey coat which covered his blue prison uniform as he kept his head down and his eyes locked on a book he carried in his hands.

But any hopes of visiting the hospital undetected were dashed as bystanders recognised his trademark white beard and thick head of hair.

Harris was not handcuffed but was flanked by a male and female prison guard as they escorted him 100 yards from a prison van into New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton, West Midlands.

image/jpeg © image/jpeg image/jpeg One onlooker said: "He was staring at the floor and then acted as if he was studying the cover of his book.

"He obviously didn't want to be recognised but everyone knows his face and with that hair and beard he stuck out like a sore thumb.

"When he realised he'd been spotted he suddenly held the book up to his face."

Harris spent around 45 minutes at the hospital for the appointment before he was driven back to his cell at HMP Stafford 20 miles away.

The former TV star was last seen in public in July 2014 when he arrived by boat from his Thames-side mansion in Berkshire to be sentenced at London's Southwark Crown Court.

He was convicted of 12 historic indecent assaults on four young girls - one just seven or eight - between 1968 and 1986.

He is serving a sentence of five years and nine months in the category-C prison.

He was cleared of three further assaults at a second trial last month but told he faces a retrial in May on another three sex offences jurors couldn't decide on, plus one new charge.


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