Rolf Harris was flanked by three plain-clothed security guards as he returned home after being released from jail in the middle of his latest sex abuse trial. One of the bodyguards who helped Harris get out of a blue Ford car outside his home had his face covered with a mask. The entertainer, 87, avoided reporters as he slipped out of Stafford Prison in the early hours of Friday morning but was photographed as he arrived at his 5m property.
Harris – wearing eyeglasses, a denim jacket and blue jeans – exited the car and slowly walked up a set of stairs towards his home by the river Thames in Berkshire. Clear plastic bags containing personal belongings – including an Australian stamp collection, toothbrush, letters and papers – were carried into the house.
Harris is accused of using his celebrity status to molest three young fans (Photo: i-Images Picture Agency) A masked bodyguard helps Harris out of a blue car outside his home (Photo: i-Images Picture Agency) Three bodyguards escorted Harris into his 5m property (Photo: i-Images Picture Agency) Personal belongings are carried into the entertainer’s home (Photo: London News Pictures)
Harris returned home to be by the side of his sick wife, Alwen, 85, who was said to be in failing health in recent weeks. A source recently said that Harris wanted to be reunited with his wife as soon as possible .
Neither his wife nor their daughter, Bindi, 53, was seen outside the home when he arrived. Harris is on trial accused of using his celebrity status to molest three young fans, aged 13 to 16, between 1971 and 1983.
Harris will appear in person when his indecent assault trial resumes (Photo: Daily Mirror) Harris, of Bray, Berkshire, denies four charges of indecent assault (Photo: Daily Mirror) Harris was granted bail following his release from prison (Photo: Daily Mirror) A clear plastic bag containing letters and papers (Photo: London News Pictures)
On Thursday Judge Deborah Taylor told jurors Harris would be granted bail after his release from Stafford Prison. He had been appearing in court via video-link but will now attend the rest of the trial in person.
Harris s trial was not sitting on Friday so he will attend Southwark Crown Court, South London, when it resumes on Monday morning.
A box is carried into Harris’ home after he was released from prison (Photo: Daily Mirror) Two of the bodyguards who helped Harris as he returned home (Photo: London News Pictures) Harris’ bodyguards carried his belongings into his home (Photo: i-Images Picture Agency)
Meanwhile, one of his accusers insisted she was not driven by money as she gave evidence yesterday. The woman claimed Australia-born Harris twice sexually assaulted her when she was 16. She alleged Harris squeezed her breast after he appeared on ITV show Star Games in Cambridge in 1978, telling her: You re a little bit irresistible.
Harris and his bodyguards were not accompanied by the entertainer’s family (Photo: i-Images Picture Agency) Journalists gathered outside Stafford Prison as they waited for Harris to be released (Photo: SWNS) Harris slipped past journalists after being released in the early hours (Photo: SWNS)
The artist also groped her in the back seat of a car, she claims. Jurors have heard she later described him as groper Rolf and a dirty old man . Asked if she had lied, she said: I absolutely have not .
One of the reasons perhaps it was easier for me to tell police is because I have told people over the years.
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She added: I cannot imagine how anyone would conceive of doing this for any sort of kick. Harris, of Bray, Berkshire, denies four charges of indecent assault. The trial continues.
There will be a full road closure in place tomorrow afternoon as security measures are stepped up for the Gloucester Rugby game. Kingsholm Road will be completely closed from 3pm, and kick off is at 4pm. The Cherry and Whites1 will be playing the Exeter Chiefs in the last match of the season.
With less than 100 tickets remaining in the Shed, it’s expected to be a busy game.
And there will be increased security measures in place. Police to Twitter to remind people that Kingsholm Road will be shut from 3pm. Those using the Park and Ride service are advised that this service will drop supporters in Worcester Street by the bridge, to allow the bus to return up Black Dog Way and return to the Park and Rude point.
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There will be increased security measures including search points at Gloucester’s Kingsholm stadium this weekend. The increased security measures will mean a full road closure from 2pm on Saturday in Kingsholm Road, prior to the Sale Sharks match. Those with parking permits to park at the ground are asked to ensure that they arrive in good time prior to the closure being put in place.
Those using the Park and Ride service are advised that this service will drop supporters in Worcester Street by the bridge to allow the bus to return up Black Dog Way and return to the Park and Ride point . It will also collect from this point after the game. Supporters are also advised that there is also a Search Regime at all access points to the ground, so the club wishes to ask all supporters to ensure that they arrive in sufficient time to allow security staff time to carry out these measures. Gloucester Rugby would like to thank all concerned for their co-operation at this time. The Gloucester-Sale Sharks game kicks off at 3pm.
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