The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has launched an investigation to find out South Wales Police acted quickly and appropriately enough to arrest Lostprophets vocalist Ian Watkins.
The IPCC commissioner for Wales, Tom Davies said the following
“Our investigation will determine whether or not South Wales Police failed to take appropriate and timely action. We received a referral from South Wales Police on 25 January 2013 relating to Ian Watkins. Following a thorough assessment I have decided that we will carry out an independent investigation. Our investigation will determine whether or not South Wales Police failed to take appropriate and timely action in relation to information they were in receipt of in advance of Mr Watkins subsequent arrest. We are aware of four forces having provided South Wales Police with information but, as criminal proceedings are active, it would be inappropriate to publish further information at this time.”
Watkins was arrested last December and faces six charges relating to sexual offences against children, including a charge of attempting to rape a one-year-old and the possession and distribution of indecent images of youngsters. The conspiracy offences were alleged to have taken place between May 1st and December 17th, when Watkins was arrested. The pornography charges relate to a period between August 12th and December 17th.
After being refused bail last month, Watkins’ next court appearance will be 11th March.