December 18, 2013 16:13
Ian Watkins being investigated by police in US and Germany
Singer was jailed today (December 18) for 35 years for child sex offences
Watkins was sentenced today (December 18) in Cardiff Crown Court and was given a 29-year jail sentence as well as an extended license for six years after pleading guilty to 13 sexual offences. The first of his co-defendants, referred to as Mother A, received 14 years in prison while Mother B was sentenced to 17 years.
Detective Chief Inspector Peter Doyle, who was the Senior Investigation Officer on the case, has now said that the former Lostprophets singer is being investigated by other police forces around the world. "In the last few weeks we have received further information that will now be looked at by the investigation team," he said. "There are also investigations being conducted by other police forces around the world including Germany and the United States.
"We would encourage anyone who has been affected by this case or other cases of child abuse to contact South Wales Police on 029 20634184 or the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000."
Speaking about the case, Doyle added: "Today's sentence reflects the gravity of the crimes that have been committed. The three paedophiles responsible for the terrible abuse of two babies have now been brought to justice.
"The investigation uncovered the most disturbing child abuse evidence I have seen in my 28 years as a police officer. The guilty pleas have ensured that the jury were spared from viewing evidence that would have been extremely traumatic."
As the BBC reports, meanwhile, the Independent Police Complaints Commission has vowed to stage a "thorough, robust investigation" into South Yorkshire, Bedfordshire and South Wales police forces regarding information received about Watkins prior to his arrest in December 2012.
It was recently revealed that the IPCC had launched an investigation in February into whether South Wales Police acted quickly enough after being tipped off. Speaking today, South Wales Police Chief Constable Peter Vaughan said: "Our initial review and the IPCC investigation pose a series of questions concerning the earlier handling of information concerning Watkins. It is those questions that the independent investigation now seeks to answer and it has my full support.
"We understand that there is genuine public interest and concern over this case and have discussed this with the IPCC. At this stage we have agreed to let their investigation take its full course and we will be in a position to talk more fully about the issues it raises once it has been completed."
Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales, Alun Michael, added: "I support the Chief Constable in his decision to voluntarily refer the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission and when we have the result of that investigation I will do all I can to ensure that we don’t just learn the lessons but actively promote the fight against abuse and exploitation, working with every agency in our area as well as the Independent Police Complaints Commission and the Welsh Government."
During sentencing, Judge Justice Royce said that Watkins posed a "significant risk" to women and children and that he and the co-defendants had plumbed "new depths of depravity" and that the case was so extreme it "breaks new ground". He told them: "Any decent person looking at or listening to material here would experience shock, revulsion, anger and incredulity." Read the full story from the trial here.
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