HMV removes all Lostprophets albums from sale following Ian Watkins trial

The retailer confirms to NME that the band's music will no longer be sold in stores or online

HMV removes all Lostprophets albums from sale following Ian Watkins trial

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HMV has said that it will no longer sell any releases by Lostprophets in light of the Ian Watkins trial.

A spokesperson for the high street retailer, which currently operates 140 stores in the UK, confirmed to NME today (November 28) that it will not sell any of the band's music in stores and online, and that staff have been directed to remove stock from shelves.

On Wednesday (November 26), the former singer of the now-defunct Welsh band pleaded guilty to 13 sexual offences, including two of attempting to rape a baby. Two female co-defendants, who cannot be named, also admitted to numerous child sex offences. Read the full story here and here.

A spokesperson from Apple declined to comment on whether iTunes would be taking the same action. Amazon.co.uk was asked to comment, but had not replied at time of publication.

Yesterday (November 27), it emerged that a police detective sergeant working on the investigation into Watkins' child sex offences has been served with gross misconduct notices by watchdog the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

The new statement from the IPCC, which launched an investigation into South Wales Police's handling of the investigation in February, followed accusations from Watkins' ex-girlfriend that she warned police repeatedly for four years that he had told her he was a paedophile, but was ignored.

On Wednesday (November 26), former Lostprophets guitarist Lee Gaze expressed his relief to the swift resolution of his ex-bandmate's trial. Gaze said that the band could now get "closure" on the ordeal and thanked fans for their support.

Writing on Twitter, Gaze put: "That was over quick. Thank fuck". He then added in a separate tweet: "Thanks for the kind words. At least there is closure now."

Lostprophets announced that they would split in October. They formed in Pontypridd in 1997 and released debut album 'Thefakesoundofprogress' in 2000. The band's fifth and final album, 'Weapons', was released on April 2, 2012.

We want to hear from former Lostprophets fans about how the news has made you feel. Email: News@nme.com

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