Former glam rock singer Gary Glitter gave a young schoolgirl an Easter Egg after attempting to rape her in her bed, a court has heard.

Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, is standing trial accused of a string of child sex offences against three alleged victims dating back to 1975.

On the first day of his trial at Southwark Crown Court, the prosecution said the 70-year-old crept into the girl's bedroom and attempted to rape her in the mid-1970s.

Prosecutor John Price QC told the jury the girl only avoided being assaulted by Glitter by putting herself into "cocoon" of sheets and blankets.

The complainant, who was 10 at the time of the alleged incident, said she fled and locked herself in a bathroom after the drunken singer fell asleep.

The court heard the next day, Glitter behaved "entirely as normal" and gave the girl an Easter egg.

"Nothing was said [to her] about what had happened," Price added.

Glitter, from Marylebone in central London, denies seven counts of indecent assault, one count of attempted rape, one count of giving one the one of the girls alcohol to "stupefy and overpower" her to have sex with him and another charge of unlawful intercourse in relation to the same alleged victim.

He denies all the charges.

The trial continues.