Documents obtained by an investigative reporter claim police were first made aware of abuse allegations against Ian Watkins 2008.
Rock singer Ian Watkins has pleaded guilty to a string of sex offences, including two charges of attempting to rape a baby.
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The former bandmates of "determined and committed" paedophile Ian Watkins said they were "heartbroken, angry and disgusted" by him, and denied they knew anything about his ongoing campaign of child abuse.
Writing on Facebook, the remaining bandmates; Luke Johnson, Jamie Oliver, Lee Gaze, Stuart Richardson and Mike Lewis said the charges they initially found so difficult to believe were now impossible to deny. They urged any other victims to contact authorities.
"Earlier this week, we learned that the allegations of child sexual abuse against Ian were true, and that he would not be contesting them in court. Until then, we found them extremely difficult to believe and had hoped it was all a mistake.
"Sadly, the true extent of his appalling behaviour is now impossible to deny.Many of you understandably want to know if we knew what Ian was doing. To be clear: We did not. We knew that Ian was a difficult character.
"Our personal relationships with him had deteriorated in recent years to a point that working together was a constant, miserable challenge.
"But despite his battles with drugs, his egotistic behaviour, and the resulting fractures and frustrations within our band, we never imagined him capable of behaviour of the type he has now admitted.
"We are heartbroken, angry, and disgusted at what has been revealed. This is something that will haunt us for the rest of our lives.
"Being in a band has always been a labour of love and a platform to inspire people, not to take advantage of them. It's still hard to believe this is happening and that someone we were once so close to has destroyed so many lives, lying every step of the way.
"Our hearts go out to Ian's family, the fans and friends he betrayed, and most importantly, the victims of his crimes and others like them. We hope for justice, but also that Ian will truly take responsibility for what he's done. We would urge any other victims to contact the authorities."
Police said a 66-year-old woman was one of two people stabbed today at a Cardiff cemetery in an apparently unprovoked attack.
South Wales Police have arrested a 25-year-old man in connection with the incident, which left the woman in hospital undergoing surgery. Her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
Police say a 25-year-old man arrested following two assaults in Cathays, Cardiff this afternoon remains in custody.
At 12.47pm today officers were called to Cathays Cemetery where a woman had been stabbed and this was followed by an incident around four minutes later in Tewkesbury Street where a man had also been assaulted resulting in facial injuries.
The woman is undergoing surgery at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, her injuries are not life-threatening and we awaiting a further update on her condition.
Understandably the local community are shocked by what appears to be an unprovoked assault on two people.
– Chief Inspector Helen Summerfield
Officers, including armed response officers, were quickly at the scene and were able to make the arrest within 30 minutes. Thankfully incidents such as this are rare, Cardiff is a safe city, the injuries sustained are not life-threatening and a person remains in custody.
– South Wales Police
At 12.47pm South Wales Police received a report that a woman in Allensbank Road has been assaulted and suffered a neck wound.
A second report was received at 12.51pm that a man had been assaulted in Tewkesbury Street.
The woman, who is in her 60s, was described as conscious and breathing at the scene and was taken to the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, for treatment. There is no update on her current condition.
The male victim, who is in his 30s, was described as being in shock after suffering facial injuries.
A man was arrested in Dalton Street at 1.12pm and a knife has been recovered.
Documents obtained by investigative reporter Mark Williams-Thomas claim police were made aware of abuse allegations against the former lead singer of the Lostprophets as early as 2008. Ian Watkins was convicted of 13 counts of child abuse.
South Wales Police says it will respond promptly to the Independent Police Complaints Commission investigation taking place.
South Wales Police undertook a full review of the sequence of events that lead to the arrest of Ian Watkins. We identified that there were issues of concern and voluntarily referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaint’s Commission for investigation.
We are committed to reviewing cases, as we did here, and to learn lessons if we have got it wrong as appropriate. We will respond promptly to the IPCC investigation and its findings.
– Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Liane James of South Wales Police
We have already completed reviews into supervision within public protection and our intelligence processes to improve our identification of risk.
Our primary objective as an organisation remains the safeguarding of vulnerable people and children.
In response to claims that police were made aware of abuse allegations against the former lead singer of the Lostprophets as early as 2008, Bedfordshire Police said:
Bedfordshire Police received a complaint from a member of the public after she had reported a suspected incident of child abuse.
The force Professional Standards Department investigated the complaint and an email explaining the outcome of that investigation has been sent to the complainant.
At the time of the original investigation there was insufficient evidence to apply to the magistrates for a warrant.
However, information was shared with partner agencies, including South Wales Police and child protection processes followed.
Ian Watkins' ex-girlfriend Joanna Majic claimed today that his cynical predatory approach was successfully used in hundreds of other cases.
Asked in an interview with Real Radio how she felt about yesterday's outcome, she said:
– Joanna Majic
I don't feel happy about it. I don't feel vindicated. I'm just devastated that it took so long.
I've always said to the police, there's hundreds of victims out there and you're never going to find them because the mothers are in on it.
Miss Majic spoke of his attempts to get her to take drugs and the abuse from fans she suffered, possibly directed by Watkins, after reporting him to the police.
The first occasion was 2008. She said:
– Joanna Majic
I don't know what he had done by then because I still don't know, but in my mind he wouldn't have gone on.
He wouldn't have got so cocky and so 'Oh, I've got away with it before. I'll just push it and see how much I can get away with', and he was getting off on that.
Every time I went to the police he was getting off on the fact that I was made to look an idiot.