Police face inquiry over investigation into Lostprophets' Ian Watkins

South Wales Police will be probed by watchdog to see if they moved quickly enough

Police face inquiry over investigation into Lostprophets' Ian Watkins

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A police watchdog is looking into whether police moved soon enough when investigating Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins.

Watkins was arrested in December and will face trial with charges of conspiracy to rape a baby and four offences relating to indecent images of children. However, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is now investigating how "expediently" the South Wales Police acted in the case.

Revealing that the South Wales Police force had referred themselves to the IPCC, Tom Davies, IPCC commissioner for Wales said: "Our investigation will determine whether or not South Wales Police failed to take appropriate and timely action."

"We received a referral from South Wales Police on 25 January 2013 relating to Ian Watkins. Following a thorough assessment I have decided that we will carry out an independent investigation. Our investigation will determine whether or not South Wales Police failed to take appropriate and timely action in relation to information they were in receipt of in advance of Mr Watkins subsequent arrest. We are aware of four forces having provided South Wales Police with information but, as criminal proceedings are active, it would be inappropriate to publish further information at this time."

Following Watkins first appearance in court earlier this year, Lostprophets issued a statement in response to news that their singer is facing charges relating to child sex offences.

A statement on the Welsh band's official website read: "Following charges made today 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. Jamie, Lee, Luke, Mike and Stu."

The alleged offences date from May to December 2012. Watkins will next appear in court on March 11.

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