Ian Watkins to appear before Cardiff magistrates

Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins is set to appear before Welsh magistrates on child sex offence charges.

The Welsh rock singer has been charged with conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a female under 13 and possession/distribution of indecent images of children. Alongside Ian Watkins, two women - aged 20 and 24 - from Doncaster and Bedford, have been charged with similar offences.

South Wales Police have explained that all three have been questioned at Cardiff Bay police station. Senior investigating officer Det Insp Peter Doyle said: "Specially-trained staff are available to speak to anyone with concerns or information regarding this investigation and a dedicated telephone number has been set up. I want to encourage anyone who has any concerns or information which they think may be relevant to contact us."

"Safeguarding children involved in such cases is always a high priority and as such measures have already been taken."

If you have any information relating to this case then please phone the Operation Globe incident room on 0800 056 0154; or NSPCC on 0800 389 5347; or email operationglobe@south-wales.pnn.police.uk. For those living abroad, the contact number is: 00 44 207 158 0011. (via BBC)

Lostprophets have - to date - sold more than 3.5 million albums worldwide. The band's most recent release 'Weapons' came earlier this year, and reached number nine on the UK charts.


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