Paving stones featuring Lostprophets lyrics removed from Pontypridd, confirms council

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council confirm stones have been removed

Paving stones featuring Lostprophets lyrics removed from Pontypridd, confirms council

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Paving stones in Ian Watkins' hometown of Pontypridd engraved with Lostprophets lyrics have been removed, the local council have confirmed.

Wales Online reports that the paving stones have now been removed following a decision by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council (RCT) last week. The decision was prompted by complaints from local politicians, after Watkins was convicted for sexually abusing children.

The flags featured lyrics to the band's song 'Streets Of Nowhere' and were laid in 2012, the same year Lostprophets released their final album 'Weapons'. Located in the Taff Street area of Pontypridd, they featured the group's lyrics: "Every time I walk these streets I know they're mine."

Previously, Labour welsh assembly member Mick Antoniw said they should be "ripped up" following Watkins' conviction for sexually abusing children. "There was a lot of pride in Pontypridd in the band and what has happened has absolutely shocked, horrified and disgusted a lot of people," he said.

"No-one has actually raised this as an issue with me but I think it's one of those things that if it's felt that it is offensive then I think the council would need to give some careful thought to removing it."

Watkins pleaded guilty to 13 sexual offences, including two of attempting to rape a baby at Cardiff Crown Court in November.

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