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Gary Glitter was arrested under Operation Yewtree in 2012 (Getty)

Former glam rock singer Gary Glitter has been charged with eight sex offences relating to two underage girls dating back to the 1970s.

Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, is accused of a series of offences pertaining to two girls aged between 12 and 14 between 1977 and 1980.

He was first arrested on 28 October 2012 under Operation Yewtree, the Met Police inquiry into historical sex offence allegations set up in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Glitter has been charged with four counts of indecent assault against a girl aged 12 or 13 between 31 January and 31 December 1971, and one count of sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13 between 31 January and 31 May 1977.

He is also accused of administering a "drug or other thing" in order to facilitate sexual intercourse with the same alleged victim between 31January and 31 May 1977.

Finally Glitter faces two counts of indecent assault against a second complainant aged 13 or 14 at the time of the alleged offences between 1 October 1979 and 31 December 1980.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has said no further action will be taken in relation to five further allegations, due to insufficient evidence.

Glitter is due to appear before Westminster Magistrates Court on 19 June to face the charges.

Baljit Ubhey, chief crown prosecutor for CPS London, said: "Having completed our review, we have concluded, in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Mr Gadd to be charged with eight offences under the Sexual Offences Act 1956.

"These relate to two female complainants aged between 12 and 14 at the time of the alleged offences between 1977 and 1980.

"May I remind all concerned that Mr Gadd has a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings."