Ian Watkins police officers to face misconduct action

Flaws were found in the investigation into the Lostprophets frontman

Three police officers involved in the Ian Watkins child sex abuse case will face disciplinary action after flaws were found in their investigation.

Lostprophets frontman Watkins was jailed in December 2013 for 29 years plus six years on licence for a string of serious child sex offences, including the attempted rape of a baby. Watkins later lost an appeal to reduce his jail sentence after judges ruled that the “shocking depravity” of his crimes justified a lengthy custodial sentence.

BBC News reports that three members of the South Wales Police – a detective sergeant and two detective constable – will face misconduct proceedings after a report by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).


The IPCC report investigated how child sex claims regarding Watkins had dated back to December 2008 but that the detective sergeant “did not take sufficient action to progress enquiries” while the two detective constables “did not undertake all reasonable and practicable lines of enquiry”.

There is another investigation by the IPCC set to be published. This will look into how the South Yorkshire Police handled their part in the Watkins case.