Lostprophets singer Watkins' sentence appeal rejected

Former Lostprophets singer and convicted paedophile Ian Watkins has had an appeal against his jail sentence rejected by the Court of Appeal sitting at Cardiff Crown Court.

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NSPCC: Appeal decision right for 'devious' Ian Watkins

It’s right that the tough sentences originally given to Watkins and his co-defendant have been upheld today. They reflect the severe damage caused by the two women and Ian Watkins - a highly manipulative and devious sex offender. This was never a case about celebrity, it was about children. There are many others - victims of Ian Watkins or others like him - that desperately need our help.

If Watkins had an ounce of dignity he'd put his efforts into helping the police identify any other potential victims, not trying to reduce his sentence.We will continue to work in conjunction with South Wales Police on their ongoing investigation.

– Des Mannion, NSPCC Cymru

The charity also reminded anyone with concerns about the welfare of a child to contact its helpline on 0808 800 5000.

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Watkins' 35 year sentence 'not manifestly excessive'

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Ian Watkins' sentence appeal bid rejected

Former Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins has been refused permission to appeal his 35-year sentence on child sex charges.

Court of Appeal judges sitting at Cardiff Crown Court said they would not grant leave for appeal.

One of Watkins' two female accomplices also had her appeal bid turned down.

Ian Watkins seeks leave to appeal sentence

Former Lostprophets singer and convicted paedophile Ian Watkins is seeking leave to appeal against the length of his jail sentence.

Watkins was told he must serve two thirds of his sentence before he is eligible for parole Credit: South Wales Police

Last year, Watkins was sentenced to 35 years - 29 to be served in prison and a further six years on licence - for a series of child sex offences.

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