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Lostprophets paving stones to be removed

By | Published on Wednesday 11 December 2013

Ian Watkins

Paving stones in Pontypridd that bear lyrics from local band Lostprophets, words written by Ian Watkins, are to be removed, the local council has confirmed.

The stones feature a line from the band’s song ‘Streets Of Nowhere’, and read “Every time I walk these streets, I know they’re mine”. The stones were only laid last year, but the local council and Welsh Assembly member Mick Antoniw have both stated that the paving stones should now be removed following Watkins’ recent admission to various child sexual abuse crimes.

Admitting to Wales Online that no one had “actually raised this as an issue” with him, Antoniw told The Guardian: “[The paving stones were] something that was put in place and intended for people to take pride in … It’s not something that the council should make a song and dance about but I think that these pavings should be discreetly removed”.

In a statement shortly after Antoniw’s comments were published, the Rhondda Cynon Taf Council said that the “granite paving featuring song lyrics written by convicted paedophile Ian Watkins will be removed from the streetscape of Pontypridd as soon as possible”.