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

Photo: PA

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.

Read More On This Artist

More News
Fans hope for Oasis reunion following news of Beady Eye split
Former Cream musician Jack Bruce dies, aged 71
Morrissey criticises 'abysmal' Italian venues as European tour continues
Liam Gallagher says Beady Eye are 'no longer'
McBusted confirm Blink-182, Weezer members appear on their debut album
Kate Bush's former London home up for sale priced at £3m
Deadmau5 criticises Paris Hilton following reports she earns £400,000 a night as a DJ
The Rolling Stones announce 'L.A. Forum Live in 1975' DVD details
Foo Fighters perform new song 'The Feast and The Famine' at epic three hour Washington gig
Pink Floyd take fans inside recording studio during latest 'Endless River' preview clip...
Shakira partners with Fisher-Price for line of baby toys
Depeche Mode share live version of 'Enjoy The Silence' from Anton Corbijn concert film...
Tinchy Stryder and Chuckle Brothers share video for collaborative track 'To Me, To You'...
CMJ festival issues statement concerning Ebola scare
She And Him share cover of Dusty Springfield's 'Stay Awhile'
One Direction fan-fiction writer signs six-figure book deal
Klaxons hint at split: forthcoming UK tour will be their last
Panda Bear announces new album 'Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper' – hear first song now
Muse working with AC/DC producer on new studio album
Gerard Way covers Sleater-Kinney's 'I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone' – watch
Iggy Azalea teams with MØ for new single 'Beg For It' - listen
Thurston Moore criticises Twitter users who 'exist on scandal'

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM