Ian Watkins case: three police forces investigated by IPCC

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Ian Watkins case: three police forces investigated by IPCC 
The police watchdog is now investigating three forces over claims they failed to act quickly enough after receiving abuse allegations against Ian Watkins
By Miranda Prynne, News Reporter
18 Dec 2013

The police watchdog is investigating three forces over the slow handling of complaints against the paedophile singer of rock band Lostprophets.

Ian Watkins, 36, is due to be sentenced today after pleading guilty to 13 child sex offences including the attempted rape of a baby boy at Cardiff Crown Court.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) started investigating South Wales Police almost a year ago over claims the force failed to act quickly enough having allegedly been told Watkins was planning to abuse children as early as 2008.

The IPCC confirmed that South Wales Police was handed information about Watkins from five other forces before his arrest.

In was confirmed last month the IPCC had launched a second investigation over the handling of a complaint made against Watkins to South Yorkshire Police in 2012….

A major part of the probe into South Wales Police centres on a detective sergeant who is also being investigated over separate allegations he failed to act after being told a 15-year-old girl had been raped, the IPCC said.

It also emerged that South Wales Police are now looking at whether Watkins also committed offences in Germany and America….

From early 2010 fans who had become friends with Watkins went online to beg for help after discovering vile child abuse images on his computer.

Friends claim they called police to tell them the 36-year-old was a paedophile but officers did nothing, allowing him to go on to subject babies to the most horrific abuse….

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