Judge: Abuse the "greatest betrayal"

A judge has labeled a Doncaster mother's abuse of her own child with Ian Watkins as the "greatest betrayal" a mother can allow.

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Three Yorkshire officers investigated for gross misconduct after Ian Watkins allegations

Three South Yorkshire Police officers are being investigated for gross misconduct in their handling of allegations relating to former Lost Prophets singer Ian Watkins.

Ian Watkins was jailed for 29 years
Ian Watkins was jailed for 29 years

One sergeant and two constables were told by police watchdog the IPCC that their conduct was to be investigated in connections with complaints about three reports made to police between March and May 2012 which contained allegations against Mr Watkins with potential evidence.

Two officers from Bedfordshire police and one from South Wales police are also being investigated.

The former Lost Prophets singer was jailed for 29 years for a string of child sex offences.

Doncaster woman pleads not guilty in Lost Prophets investigation

A Doncaster woman has pleaded not guilty as part of an investigation into paedophile and former rock star, Ian Watkins.

Ian Watkins

Joanne Mjadzelics appeared at Cardiff Magistrates Court via video link and pleaded not guilty to all charges.

She is accused of four counts of possession of an indecent image, two counts of distributing an indecent image and one count of encouraging another to distribute an indecent image.

She was bailed to appear before Cardiff Crown Court on April 7.

Appearing via video link from Doncaster Magistrates Court, she was granted bail on the condition that she has no unsupervised contact with a child under the age of 16 and posts no images of a child on social media.

The charges were brought after the CPS asked South Wales Police to look in to the alleged offences which date back to 2011.

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Doncaster woman charged over indecent images in Lost Prophets investigation

A 38-year-old woman has been charged with offences relating to the possession and distribution of indecent images in relation to the investigation in to Lost Prophets singer Ian Watkins.

Ian Watkins

Joanne Mjadzelics, from Doncaster, has been charged as part of the Operation Globe investigation, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

Mjadzelics has been accused of four counts of possession of an indecent image of a child and two counts of distributing an indecent image of a child. She has also been charged with encouraging or assisting the commission of an offence of distributing an indecent image of a child.

She has been bailed to appear before Cardiff Magistrates' Court on March 21.

The charges were brought after the CPS asked South Wales Police to look in to the alleged offences which date back to 2011.

Suzanne Thomas, senior crown prosecutor of CPS Wales, said: "As part of a wider police investigation, the Crown Prosecution Service was asked by South Wales Police to review evidence files relating to alleged offences committed by Joanne Mjadzelics.

"It is in the public interest to charge Joanne Mjadzelics with four counts of possession of an indecent image, two counts of distributing an indecent image and one count of encouraging another to distribute an indecent image.

"Accordingly, I have authorised South Wales Police to charge Ms Mjadzelics with these offences and she has been bailed to appear before Cardiff Magistrates' Court on 21 March.

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

Judge: Watkins abuse "plumbed new depths of depravity"

The former singer with the rock band Lostprophets Ian Watkins has been sentenced to 29 years in jail for a string of child sex offences.

Those offences, according to the judge in the case, plumbed new depths of depravity.

A mother from Doncaster was sentenced alongside Watkins for allowing him to abuse her child. South Yorkshire Police is now being investigated for its handling of the case. This report from Grace Melody-Gardner.

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CPS: Watkins 'ringleader of terrible conspiracy to abuse'

Suzanne Thomas, senior Crown Prosecutor at CPS Wales, speaking after the sentencing Watkins was the "ringleader" of a "terrible conspiracy" to commit "appalling crimes of abuse against young and defenceless victims."

These three defendants conspired to commit appalling crimes of abuse against young and defenceless victims.

The prosecution case was that Ian Watkins was the ringleader of this terrible conspiracy and it is right that his sentence reflects this.

He is a highly dangerous and manipulative individual who preyed on his victims in a calculated manner. The other two defendants were active participants in the most shocking abuse of their own children. They too have received sentences that reflect their admissions of guilt for these offences.

It is incomprehensible that adults would commit such appalling acts against children and young people and our thoughts remain with the victims and those close to them.

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'Most disturbing evidence I have seen' says detective

The detective leading the investigation into Ian Watkins says the evidence was the 'most disturbing' he has seen in his career.

Today's sentence reflects the gravity of the crimes that have been committed. The three paedophiles responsible for the terrible abuse of two babies have now been brought to justice.

The investigation uncovered the most disturbing child abuse evidence I have seen in my 28 years as a police officer. The guilty pleas have ensured that the jury were spared from viewing evidence that would have been extremely traumatic.

The safeguarding of children has been an absolute priority for the investigation team.

Today’s sentence does not mark the end of our investigations and we will work tirelessly to identify any other victims or witnesses and seek the justice they deserve. In the last few weeks we have received further information that will now be looked at by the investigation team.

There are also investigations being conducted by other police forces around the world including Germany and the United States.

Above all this investigation has been focused on the protection of children and my thoughts today remain with those victims.

– Detective Chief Inspector Peter Doyle, South Wales Police

Police are urging anyone affected by the case to contact them on 02920 634184 or the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.

Watkins to spend final six years on license

The judge told Watkins, who had lost his initial cockiness and was shaking visibly, that he would serve 29 years in jail with the final six on licence.

His two accomplices, Woman A and Woman B, were jailed for 14 years and 16 years respectively.

The judge told Watkins: "Those who have appeared in these courts over many years see a large number of horrific cases. This case, however, breaks new ground.

"You, Watkins, achieved fame and success as the lead singer of Lostprophets.

You had many fawning fans. That gave you power. You knew you could use that power to induce young female fans to have help satisify your insatiable lust and take part in the sexual abuse of their own children.

"Away from the highlights of your public performances lay a dark and sinister side."

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