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.

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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.

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