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Former rock star Watkins appeals against child sex abuse sentence

Former Lostprophets singer and convicted paedophile Ian Watkins will appeal against his 35 year jail sentence later today. A mother from Doncaster who was jailed for allowing Watkins to abuse her child is also appealing against her sentence. The joint hearing will be at Cardiff Crown Court.

Former Lostprohets singer Ian Watkins will appeal against his 35-year jail sentence for child sex abuse Credit: Press Association

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Doncaster woman in court over child sex offences

A woman from Doncaster has appeared in court alongside Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins to face allegations of child sex offences.

The 20-year-old cannot be named for legal reasons. She was arrested with a 24-year-old woman and the 35-year-old vocalist earlier this month.

Watkins has been charged with conspiring to rape a child under the age of 13, and faces five other sex abuse charges. They include conspiring to engage in sexual activity with two young children as well as making, downloading and distributing child pornography and accessing "extreme pornography".

The trio appeared at Cardiff Crown Court via video-link.

All three only spoke to confirm their names at the preliminary hearing, which lasted less than 10 minutes.

Watkins was refused bail and remanded in custody with a plea and case management hearing scheduled at Cardiff Crown Court for March 11.

Doncaster woman in court with rock star on child sex charges

Ian Watkins of Lostprophets Credit: Press Association

A 20 year old woman from South Yorkshire will appear before magistrates alongside Lostprophets vocalist Ian Watkins charged with child sex offences.

Officers said the woman and the Welsh rock star - whose hits include Last Train Home - had been arrested as part of a continuing investigation. A 24 year old woman from bedford has also been arrested in connection with the investigation

"A 35-year-old Pontypridd man has been charged with conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a female under 13 and possession/distribution of indecent images of children and is due to appear at Cardiff Magistrates' Court today," said a South Wales Police spokesman.

He added that two women, aged 20 and 24 from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, and Bedford respectively, have been charged with "similar offences" and are also due to appear in court. All three have been questioned at Cardiff Bay police station.

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