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Ian Watkins' family 'hope singer can be rehabilitated'

The family of paedophile Ian Watkins will "not totally cast him aside", the singer's stepdad John Davies said, according to The Daily Mail.

The former Lostprophets singer in 2010. Credit: PA

Davies, a Baptist Minister, told the paper that while he could "cheerfully spend an hour knocking [Watkins] around a cell," the family are hoping the convicted child abuser can be rehabilitated.

He said: "The police said he wouldn’t think twice about hanging you or anyone else out to dry, why are you bothering, why would you want to stand by him?

"‘I said, because he is my stepson. Because it gives me an opportunity to seek some healing in a very broken family.’"

Mr Davies said his "heart ached" for his wife, who he said is seriously unwell after a kidney transplant.

"Ian had a very strong relationship with his mother. It is a very deep bond," he said. "My heart aches for any individual who has been drawn into this and been affected by it. And only time will tell who those victims are."

Watkins 'abused celebrity status' like Savile

Like Jimmy Savile, Watkins abused his celebrity status to get to his victims. A former detective who worked on the ITV investigation into Savile, has become closely involved in this case.

Mark Williams-Thomas is convinced that many more victims will now come to light following Watkins' conviction. The LostProphets star performed on a world stage, but were there any clues about his dark side? John Willats has been finding out.

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Former Watkins lover says complaints fell on deaf ears

South Wales Police and two other forces are under investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission over the handling of complaints made to them about former Lostprophets front man Ian Watkins.

One of those who first blew the whistle on him was his former lover Joanne Mjadzelics. But she claims her complaints fell on deaf ears. Nicola Hendy reports.

Police watchdog probe over Watkins allegations

Independent Police Commissioner for Wales Jan Williams told ITV News that the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has three investigations into police forces in South Wales, South Yorkshire and Bedfordshire looking at their responses to allegations concerning Watkins.

She said the IPCC "owed" it to the wider public to determine whether Watkins could have been brought to justice sooner.

Judge brands Watkins 'a deeply corrupting influence'

Sentencing Watkins, Mr Justice Royce described him as a 'sexual predator' and told him he was a danger to the public.

I am satisfied that you are a deeply corrupting influence; you are highly manipulative; you are a sexual predator; you are dangerous. The public and in particular young females and children need protection from you.

– Mr Justice Royce

He said that Watkins told the author of a pre-sentence report of a 'desire to shock' and the report concluded Watkins presented a 'high risk.'

This craving was fuelled by your use of cocaine and methamphetamine which increase your sexual aggression. You spoke of not knowing to what extremes you would have gone but for your arrest. It is difficult to imagine anything much worse.

The author concludes 'Mr Watkins presents a high risk of causing serious sexual, physical, emotional and psychological harm to children, both male and female, and to women, specifically his female sexual partners.

– Mr Justice Royce

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Watkins abuse case 'breaks new ground'

Trial judge Mr Justice Royce told Ian Watkins during sentencing that the case was one of the most horrific he has seen in court. Condemning the lead singer's sex crimes, some too distressing to report, in the strongest possible terms, he said Watkins was a dangerous sexual predator.

Lostprophets singer in 2010. Credit: PA Wire

"Those who have appeared in these courts over many years see a large number of horrific cases. This case, however, breaks new ground. You, Watkins, achieved fame and success as the lead singer of Lostprophets.

"You had many fawning fans. That gave you power. You knew you could use that power to induce young female fans to help satisfy your insatiable lust and take part in the sexual abuse of their own children.

"Away from the highlights of your public performances lay a dark and sinister side. I am satisfied that you are a deeply corrupting influence, you are highly manipulative, you are a sexual predator, you are dangerous."

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