October 1, 2013 16:56

Lostprophets announce split following singer Ian Watkins' sexual offence charges

In a statement the band say they can "no longer continue"

Lostprophets announce split following singer Ian Watkins' sexual offence charges

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Lostprophets have announced that they have split up.

Posting on their Facebook page, the band issued a statement saying that they could no longer continue to make music under the name Lostprophets. The band's former frontman Ian Watkins is currently awaiting trial for 23 sexual offences, which include offences involving children and two of raping a baby.

The statement reads: "After nearly a year of coming to terms with our heartache, we finally feel ready to announce publicly what we have thought privately for some time. We can no longer continue making or performing music as Lostprophets. Your love and support over the past 15 years has been tremendous, and we'll be forever grateful for all you've given us. As we look forward to the next phase of our lives, we can only hope to be surrounded by people as devoted and inspiring as you guys have been."

Back in August, it was reported that Ian Watkins was on suicide watch ahead of his trial, which will begin on November 25. At the pre-trial hearing, Watkins' lawyer, Sally O'Neill, told the court that a clinical psychologist had recommended that he be moved from Parc Prison in Bridgend to a psychiatric hospital, and that should receive anti-psychotic medication. "He has been seen by a clinical psychologist and she believes he should be receiving anti-psychotic medication," she said. "She wants him to be taken to a secure hospital for assessment and treatment. He is on suicide watch five times an hour."

Ian Watkins denies all charges.

Lostprophets formed in Pontypridd in 1997 and released debut album 'Thefakesoundofprogress' in 2000. The band's fifth album, 'Weapons', was released on April 2, 2012.

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