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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Watkins' defence: 'Child will have no memory' of abuse

The defence team of Lostprophets lead singer Ian Watkins is making final comments to Cardiff Crown Court ahead of sentencing.

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Police: Watkins co-defendants must remain anonymous

South Wales Police have reminded social media users on Twitter that an identification of co-defendants of Ian Watkins could lead to identification of their victims and is therefore against the law.

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Watkins judge warns of 'very substantial sentence'

The prosecution in the case of Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins has been making final comments to court before sentencing.

The severity of the crimes of Watkins are being considered, and the judge has warned of a "very substantial sentence."

Watkins investigation: questions 'rightly being asked'

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) says questions are "rightly being asked" as to whether former Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins could have been brought to justice sooner. Watkins will be sentenced today after pleading guilty to child sex offences last month.

The IPCC has announced it is investigating South Wales, South Yorkshire and Bedfordshire Police in connection with their handling of allegations that the 26 year-old was abusing children.

As the criminal proceedings have now ended, questions are now rightly being asked as to whether Ian Watkins could have been brought to justice sooner, what steps were taken by police in response to allegations made against him as far back as 2008 and whether his celebrity status had any impact on the investigation.

That is exactly what the IPCC is seeking to establish.

We now have three separate independent investigations into South Wales, South Yorkshire and Bedfordshire Police running alongside each other involving the handling of information held on Mr Watkins prior to his arrest.

But this is complex and will take time. There are clearly links between the three investigations which cover a four year period and involve numerous allegations and reports and the police response to each must be considered.

– Jan Williams, IPCC Commissioner

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IPCC investigating handling of Ian Watkins allegations

Ian Watkins is due to be sentenced today Credit: PA

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating South Wales, South Yorkshire and Bedfordshire Police in connection with their handling of allegations that the lead singer of the Lostprophets was abusing children. The former Lostprophets front man is due to be sentenced today.

The IPCC is investigating the effectiveness of their response to reports of abuse made to them between 2008 and 2012.

In January 2013, the IPCC began an independent investigation into South Wales Police to establish whether or not the force failed to take appropriate and timely actions in relation to information that they were in receipt of prior to Mr Watkins’ arrest in November 2012.

This followed an internal review by South Wales Police.

The IPCC is considering reports made to South Wales Police dating back to October 2008 and whether the enquiries conducted from this date onwards were appropriate under the circumstances.

A significant part of the IPCC investigation is focused on the actions of one officer, a detective sergeant, who is also being investigated in a separate case where it is alleged he failed to act on an allegation that a 15 year old girl had been raped.

The officer has been served with gross misconduct notices advising him that his conduct is subject to investigation.

Watkins sentencing will not end investigation

South Wales Police say that the sentencing of Ian Watkins today does not mark the end of their investigation into his offences and they will continue to work to identify victims and witnesses.

In late 2012, South Wales Police initiated its own review into the sequence of events that led to the arrest of Ian Watkins. We identified that there were issues of concern and voluntarily referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Our initial review and the IPCC investigation pose a series of questions concerning the earlier handling of information concerning Watkins. It is those questions that the independent investigation now seeks to answer and it has my full support.

I am determined to ensure that South Wales Police protects vulnerable people and children and we will respond promptly to the IPCC investigation and its findings.

– Chief Constable Peter Vaughan
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