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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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Welsh rock star is remanded in custody

The singer of rock band Lostprophets has been remanded in custody for another ten weeks after being accused of plotting to rape a child.

Welsh frontman Ian Watkins, 35, was kept in custody charged with six sexual offences against children - including conspiring to rape a girl under the age of 13.

The singer and two women are also accused of conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a girl under 13.

Mr Watkins spent Christmas in Parc Prison in Bridgend, South Wales, after being remanded on December 19.

An application to a judge in Cardiff Crown Court for bail was adjourned for another hearing to take his plea on the charges on March 11.

Judge Stephen Hopkins QC saw Mr Watkins appear by video link from the prison.

Mr Watkins, of Pontypridd, South Wales, was further charged with three separate charges of possession, making and distribution of indecent images of children.

He is also accused of possession of "extreme pornography" some involving animals.

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