Lostprophets' Ian Watkins 'Charged With Sexual Offences Against Children'

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Ian Watkins of rock band Lostprophets has been charged with sexual offences against children as part of a continuing investigation.

The 35-year-old 'Last Train Home' singer was arrested in his home town of Pontypridd, Wales, and was later charged with "conspiracy to engage in sexual activity" with a minor.

A spokesman said in a statement: "A Pontypridd man has been charged with sexual offences against children and is due to appear at Cardiff Magistrates' Court today.

"The 35-year-old has been charged with conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a female under 13 and possession/distribution of indecent images of children."

"In order to assist their investigation, South Wales Police has named the man as Ian Watkins, a member of the rock group Lostprophets."

In addition to Watkins' arrest, police revealed that two women, a 20-year-old from Doncaster, South Yorkshire and a 24-year-old from Bedford, had also been taken into custody and charged with "similar offences".

The women and Watkins, were all questioned at Cardiff Bay police station, and are also expected to appear in court.

With the details of the charge being released, senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Peter Doyle encouraged members of the public to come forward with information they think may be relevant to their investigations.

"I want to encourage anyone who has any concerns or information which they think may be relevant to contact us," Doyle said.

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

The Lostprophets have enjoyed a decade-long career which has included several hit singles including 'Last Train Home' and 'Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast).'

EntertainmentWise reached out to Watkins' management but was told "there is no comment at this stage."

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