Ian Watkins: Eight police officers investigated over possible delay in bringing Lostprophets paedophile to justice

Published October 10, 2014 by JS2

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An inquiry is looking to see if the singer’s celebrity status delayed him being brought to justice for sickening crimes against children

The conduct of an eighth police officer is being looked at in relation to the investigation into paedophile rock star Ian Watkins.

The Pontypridd-born Lostprophets singer was jailed for 29 years after admitting a catalogue of serious sex offences involving children.

A judge told him he had “plumbed new depths of depravity” before jailing him.

Seven officers were already being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and an eighth – from South Yorkshire Police – is now under investigation.

There are now four officers from South Yorkshire Police, two from Bedfordshire Police, and two from South Wales Police facing gross misconduct notices.

In a statement the IPCC said: “The IPCC has served a misconduct notice on a South Yorkshire Police constable as part of its ongoing investigation into the force’s handling of information about Ian Watkins in 2012.

“Three South Yorkshire Police officers served with gross misconduct notices have already been interviewed by IPCC investigators.

“An interview with the fourth officer will take place in the near future.”

The IPCC said it has received a substantial amount of documentation from the three forces involved which is being analysed by investigators.

The officers served with misconduct notices are:

  • Two South Wales Police officers, including a detective constable who was attached to the Child Protection Unit, it is not known if they have been been suspended
  • A sergeant and three constables from South Yorkshire Police
  • A sergeant and constable from Bedfordshire Police over their handling of information, who have not been suspended

When the investigation was first announced South Wales Police force were accused of failing to “take appropriate and timely action” after getting the information from other fans of the band.

South Wales Police allegedly received information from four different police forces across Britain about Watkins.

The detective sergeant was also accused of not acting on a separate alleged crime in March 2012 of the alleged rape of a girl.

South Wales Police and South Yorkshire Police said at the start of the inquiry that they were cooperating with the IPCC.

Bedfordshire Police added: “At the time of the original investigation there was insufficient evidence to apply to the magistrates for a warrant. A medical examination of the child did not reveal any evidence of abuse at that time. However, information was shared with partner agencies, including South Wales Police and child protection processes followed.”

Watkins, who admitted 13 sexual offences including two attempts to rape a baby, was ordered to serve 29 years in jail and six on licence when he was sentenced in December 2013.

In July, a panel of judges refused Watkins’ permission to appeal against his 35-year sentence after he claimed it was “simply too great”.

Wales Online

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