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Police Lostprophets 'lessons'

South Wales police have launched a review over the case of Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins say lessons would be learnt 'if we got it wrong' after documents showed they were aware of abuse claims in 2008.

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Police 'committed' to learn lessons if wrong on Watkins

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.

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.

– Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Liane James of South Wales Police

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