AN EIGHTH police officer is being probed amid allegations they failed to stop Ian Watkins – despite being told he was a paedophile, it emerged today.
Several officers have reportedly been quizzed after claims surfaced that they were told about the Lostprophets frontman, 37, before he tried to rape a baby – with the number of cops questioned now reaching reaching eight.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is speaking to officers from three forces for allegedly failing to act on information they were given about the twisted pervert.
South Wales Police – which covers Watkins’ home town of Pontypridd – and the two forces responsible for the areas in which two resident women “offered” their children to Watkins, South Yorkshire and Bedfordshire Police, are the subject of the enquiry.
The IPCC will now quiz an eighth officer – the fourth from the Yorkshire force – as it tries to uncover whether more should have been done to halt the singer’s sickening crime wave.
A spokesman for the watchdog 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 being questioned by investigators.
We are continuing to gather and analyse information to establish what steps were taken by police in response to the allegations made against Ian Watkins.
“And whether he could have been brought to justice sooner and whether his celebrity status had any impact on those investigations.”
The IPCC is looking at the “effectiveness of their response to reports of abuse” – after claims suggest Watkins was reported to police as early as 2008.
Cardiff Crown Court heard how he attempted to rape a baby in a hotel room in Shepherds Bush, London, in April 2012. The singer was jailed for 35 years last year after admitting a string of vile sex offences.