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19th December 2012

ian watkins

Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins has been charged with sexual offences against children and will appear before Cardiff magistrates today (Wednesday).

Watkins, 35, of Pontypridd, is one of three people charged following an investigation. He is charged with conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a female under 13 and possession/distribution of indecent images of children.

Two women, aged 20 and 24, from Doncaster and Bedford, have been charged with similar offences. All three have been questioned at Cardiff Bay police station, said South Wales Police.

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Senior investigating officer Det Insp Peter Doyle said: "Specially-trained staff are available to speak to anyone with concerns or information regarding this investigation and a dedicated telephone number has been set up.

"I want to encourage anyone who has any concerns or information which they think may be relevant to contact us.

"Safeguarding children involved in such cases is always a high priority and as such measures have already been taken."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Operation Globe incident room on 0800 056 0154; or NSPCC on 0800 389 5347; or email

Overseas callers are asked to phone 00 44 207 158 0011.

Ian Watkins was a co-founder of Lostprophets in 1997. The band has sold 3.5m albums worldwide and has had a UK number one album with 'Liberation Transmission'.

The most recent album, 'Weapons', was their fifth and released in April this year.

It is extremely important to remember in these times of witch hunts, bandwagon jumping and mass hysteria, particularly when the ugly subject of child abuse crops up, that under the terms of British law, people are innocent until proven guilty and that an arrest or the bringing of charges does not automatically mean guilt.

The British police are overworked and often incompetent and it is totally unfair to assume that anyone is guilty of anything, just because the media make them out to be so or because the police think they are.

British law says everyone is innocent until proven guilty and Watkins has not been found guilty of anything at this time. He should be given the benefit of the doubt right now, not the British police who are notorious for stitch ups and mistakes of epic proportions.

This statement is, in no way, meant to condone the above allegations.



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