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UPDATED: Ian Watkins Appears In Court

The singer appeared via video link at Cardiff Crown Court

Posted Monday, 31 December 2012 in

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Rock SoundUPDATED 11.17 December 31

Ian Watkins this morning appeared via video link in Cardiff Crown Court on child sexual offence charges.

BBC News reports that Watkins was in a black suit, shirt and tie, and he appeared alongside two female defendants who cannot be named for legal reasons.

He was remanded in custody until March 11.
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UPDATED 10:50 December 20

Following the charges made against Ian Watkins and his subsequent refusal of bail yesterday, the rest of the band have posted a statement on their website. Read it below.

"Following charges made today against Ian Watkins, we find ourselves in a state of shock. We are learning about the details of the investigation along with you. It is a difficult time for us and our families, and we want to thank our fans for their support as we seek answers.

Jamie, Lee, Luke, Mike and Stu"


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UPDATED 14:25 December 19

Watkins has been refused bail and will remain in custody until December 31. Along with him, two women aged 20 and 24 have been remanded in custody on similar charges.

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The BBC is this morning reporting that Lostprophets lead singer Ian Watkins has been charged with sexual offences against children.

According to the BBC he is "charged with conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a female under 13 and possession/distribution of indecent images of children."

"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," Senior investigating officer Det Inspector Peter Doyle told the BBC.

"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."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Operation Globe incident room on 0800 056 0154; or NSPCC on 0800 389 5347; or email operationglobe@south-wales.pnn.police.uk.

Overseas callers are asked to phone 00 44 207 158 0011.

He will appear before Cardiff magistrates soon.

Click here for the BBC report, any further updates to the story will be added to this page.

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