Ex-Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins applies to appeal

Former Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins, who was sentenced to 29 years in prison and six years on licence for a string of child sex offences, has lodged an application for permission to appeal.

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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.

'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.

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Judge blasts Watkins 'sickening and incomprehensible'

In his summing up comments ahead of sentencing, the judge said Ian Watkins and his co-defendants committed "sickening and incomprehensible" crimes.

The details of the offences, many of which have been two graphic to report, were condemned in the strongest possible terms by the judge, as he reflected on how the singer used his power and celebrity to "partake in insatiable lust."

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Watkins: 'You and your daughter belong to me'

Cardiff Crown Court is hearing final comments before sentencing Lostprophets lead singer Ian Watkins and two female co-defendants for a litany of sex crimes including attempted rape of a baby.

The court heard how Watkins' co-defendant, 'mother B', was a fan of the front man.

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