Bandmates speak of shock over child sex charges

Ian Watkins has been remanded in custody charged with sexual offences against children Credit: Ian West/PA Archive

Bandmates of rock-star Ian Watkins have spoken of their shock after he was charged with sexual offences against children.

In a statement, members of Lostprophets said:

"Following charges made against Ian Watkins, we find ourselves in a state of shock. We are learning about the details of the investigation along with you. It is a difficult time for us and our families, and we want to thank our fans for their support as we seek answers."

35-year-old Ian Watkins from Pontypridd was charged with six offences. Two co-defendents, both women, face similar charges.

South Wales Police say he has been charged with conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a female under 13 and possession and distribution of indecent images of children.

All were remanded in custody until 31st of December, when they'll appear at Cardiff Crown Court.

Advertisement

Star charged over child offences

Police say Ian Watkins, the lead singer of Welsh rock group Lostprophets, has been charged with sexual offences against children.