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Lostprophets frontman accused of sexual offences against children

By | Published on Wednesday 19 December 2012

Ian Watkins

The lead singer of Welsh rock outfit Lostprophets has been charged with sexual offences against children. According to the BBC, Ian Watkins is due to appear at Cardiff Magistrates Court later today facing charges of conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a female under thirteen and the possession/distribution of indecent images of children. Two women have also been charged with related offences as part of an investigation by South Wales Police.

Officers said they were revealing Watkins’ identity at this time “in order to assist their investigation”. Commenting on the current enquiry, the police force’s Detective Inspector Peter Doyle told reporters: “Specially trained staff are available to speak to anyone with concerns or information regarding this investigation and a dedicated telephone number has been set up. I want to encourage anyone who has any concerns or information which they think may be relevant to contact us. Safeguarding children involved in such cases is always a high priority and as such measures have already been taken”.

Formed in 1997, the now fully Sony-signed Lostprophets (their European releases were previously handled by Visible Noise) released their fifth album, ‘Weapons’, earlier this year. The band are yet to comment on the allegations made against their frontman.