May 21, 2014 17:27

Inquiry launched into whether Ian Watkins' celebrity status delayed arrest

The Lostprophets frontman was jailed for 29 years last year for serious child sex offences

Inquiry launched into whether Ian Watkins' celebrity status delayed arrest

Photo: South Wales Police

An inquiry has been launched into whether the celebrity status of Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins delayed him being brought to justice.

The singer was jailed for 29 years last December for serious child sex offences, including the attempted rape of a baby.

The BBC reports that gross misconduct notices have been serves on seven police officers from three different forces as part of an investigation into how allegations made against Watkins were dealt with by police. Three officers from South Yorkshire Police; two from Bedfordshire Police and two from South Wales Police are all under investigation.

"We are continuing to gather and analyse information in all three investigations in order to establish what steps were taken by police in response to the allegations made against Ian Watkins, whether he could have been brought to justice sooner and whether his celebrity status had any impact on those investigations," Independent Police Complaints Commission commissioner Jan Williams said.

The inquiry will look at how South Yorkshire Police handled three reports made to the force between March and May 2012, which contained allegations against Watkins with potential evidence. It will also scrutinise how Bedfordshire Police dealt with information from a member of the public who reported an allegation of child abuse against Watkins in October 2012.

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