A British diplomatic official says China has refused to allow convicted pedophile Gary Glitter to enter Hong Kong.

The fallen British glam rocker served nearly three years in a Vietnamese prison for molesting children. He was released on Tuesday and flew to Hong Kong on Wednesday night after refusing to return to England.

But a spokeswoman for the British Foreign Office says Chinese authorities have refused to allow him into Hong Kong. She says it is unclear what will happen to Glitter next.